Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn refused the opposition to convene an extraordinary session of parliament on Saturday. "It is impossible to ensure the organization, preparation and conduct of an extraordinary plenary session of Parliament in accordance with the Rules of the Verkhovna Rada on April 24," - said in a letter written by Volodymyr Lytvyn to the BYuT (Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko) faction leader Ivan Kirylenko, the press service of the Verkhovna Rada reports.
According to Volodymyr Lytvyn, the impossibility of holding such a meeting has been confirmed by the results of consultations with the heads of parliamentary factions, "which showed that a majority of deputies needed to make efficient decisions will not be able to take part in the extraordinary plenary session of parliament on Saturday, April 24, 2010".
Volodymyr Lytvyn also said that as of 01:30 pm on April 23 official copies of the documents to be discussed at the extraordinary plenary session have not been received by parliament.
First deputy head of BYuT Andrii Kozhemiakyn said that the failure of the extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada on April 24 is a major violation of the Rules of the Verkhovna Rada and the constitutional rights of the MPs to convene an extraordinary meeting.
Previously BYUT collected 153 signatures of MPs to conduct an extraordinary meeting on Saturday to discuss arrangements between Viktor Yanukovich and Dmitry Medvedev in Kharkiv.
As a reminder, the BYuT faction would demand to convoke an extraordinary session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Saturday, on April 24, in order to consider the signed agreement, which prolonged the stay of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation in Ukraine.
Based on materials from Ukrainskaya Pravda
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