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Ukraine's Parliament approves hierarchy of religious organizations

Source : 112 Ukraine

229 people’s deputies voted “for” in the second voting (first, there were 223 affirmative votes)
13:19, 17 January 2019

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Ukraine’s Parliament adopted bill No.4128 on a possible change of subordination of a religious organization on a general meeting by two-thirds of votes of the present. 229 people’s deputies voted “for” in the second voting (first, there were 223 affirmative votes). 112 Ukraine broadcasted Verkhovna Rada’s session.

According to the law, the state admits that a religious organization has a right to report to any existing religious centers in Ukraine and abroad. Besides, a religious organization has a right to change its subordination through registration of a new edition of the statute or amendments of this statute.

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General assembly of the religious organization decides whether it changes subordination. The members of the organization can summon a meeting.

“No less than two-thirds of the members of the religious organization make a decision of change of subordination and amendments to the statute. This is required so that the assembly is considered plenipotentiary,” the law says.

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The signatures of those who supported it ascertain the decision.

The law comes into force after its official publication.

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As it was reported, granting the autocephaly to the Orthodox Church of Ukraine became a historic achievement. This is the key message in the statement by Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of the State. The text can be found on the Department of the State's website.

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