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Constitutional Court to consider bill on renaming Dnipropetrovsk region to Sicheslav region

Ukraine’s president proposed the name ‘Dnipro’ region, and a group of MPs insisted on ‘Sicheslav’ region
14:29, 7 February 2019

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In the framework of decommunization process, Ukraine's  Verkhovna Rada directed to the Constitutional Court a bill on the changing the name of the Dnipropetrovsk region to Sicheslav region. The session was broadcasted by official Rada channel.

In the fall of 2018, the parliament did not have enough votes to send this bill to the Constitutional Court.

The Constitution of Ukraine and the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada determine the procedure for amending the Basic Law of Ukraine.

Only the president or 150 people's deputies can register such a bill. Then the document is considered by the Verkhovna Rada Committees and recommends to the parliamentarians whether to consider legislative initiatives or not.

If it is not the decision to be made through a referendum, the draft amendments to the Constitution should gain at least 226 votes in the parliament in order to be further sent to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The Constitutional Court has to publish a conclusion as to whether the initiative contradicts Art. 157 and 158 of the Constitution: whether it limits the rights and freedoms, whether the changes are directed to restrict independence or territorial integrity, whether the changes are made in conditions of martial law or public emergency, whether the Parliament considered the same changes within the year and whether current convocation of parliament changed the same norms.

Related: Greek Parliament approves agreement on renaming of Macedonia

The Constitution does not specify in what period of time the Constitutional Court should publish the conclusion.

Despite the results of the opinion polls of residents of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine's parliament intends to rename the region into "Sicheslav region." MPs call Hruhoriy Petrovsky (this region is named after him) the organizer of Holodomor despite the fact that in 2009-2010 the SBU and the Court of Appeal of Kyiv came to the opposite conclusion. 

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