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Zelensky to analyze language law after inauguration

Volodymyr Zelensky stated about the necessity to initiate and adopt law and decisions, which will unite the society
16:40, 25 April 2019

TASS

Candidate for the presidential post Volodymyr Zelensky, who gained the majority of the votes at the second tour, promises to analyze the law on the state language approved the Verkhovna Rada as his press service reported.

It is noted that the mentioned document was considered during the election campaign and it became the prisoner of the political rhetoric. Moreover, the law was adopted without public discussion, according to Zelensky.

“2,000 amendments were made to the draft law and it witnesses the absence of the agreement on some of its points even at the Verkhovna Rada. Today, it is very difficult to predict the consequences of the adoption of this law; its final text, considering all amendments, is unavailable. After I become the president, the careful analysis of this law will take place to make sure that all constitutional rights and interests of all citizen of Ukraine are observed in it. On the results of the analysis, I will respond, according to the constitutional authorities of the president of Ukraine and in the interests of the citizens,” Zelensky said.

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He also emphasized that it is necessary to initiate and adopt laws and decisions, which are going to unite the society due to the number of challenges faced by Ukraine.

“The Ukrainian language is the only one state language in Ukraine. It was so, it is so and it will remain so. Concerning this issue, no compromise is possible. The state should take care of the development of the Ukrainian language, extension of the sphere of its use. It is also out of the question and the whole society agrees on it,” the message said.

“My principal position is that the state should provide the development of the Ukrainian language by the creation of the incentives and positive examples instead of bans and punishments, increasing the complexity of the bureaucracy, increasing the number of the posts for the officials instead of their cutting,” the message noted.

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On April 25, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the draft law #5670-d on the provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state one on the second reading and in general.

Earlier we reported that the status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program. 

On February 28, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine produced a ruling in regards to the law “On the principles of the state language policy” #5029-VI (the so-called “Kolesnychenko-Kivalov” law).

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