Monday, February 19, 2007

Yushchenko seeks to deceive English speaking community

Corresspondence received by a number of sources has confirmed that the English translation version of Ukraine's constitution as published on the Ukrainain President's Official Web site is outdated and false.

The version published by the Venice Commission (copy here) is the updated version as provided by Ukraine's Justice Ministry.

A number of commentators and reports in the western media has incorrectly stated that the President has the power to appoint the Prime-minster, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Defence Minister.

Article 85 of Ukraine's constitution states

The authority of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine comprises:

(12) appointing to office - upon the submission by the President of Ukraine - the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the Minister of Defence of Ukraine, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; appointing to office - upon the submission by the Prime Minister of Ukraine - other members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Chairperson of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, the Head of the State Committee on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, and the Head of the State Property Fund of Ukraine; dismissing from office the officials mentioned above; deciding on the resignation of the Prime Minister of Ukraine and of members of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine;

It would appear that there is deliberate campaign of misinformation in relation to the power and authority of the President to give the wrong impression that the Parliament and the Government are acting unconstitutional. In all the reports published not one has confirmed the context in which the claims have been made or sought to confirm that the claims are in facts correct. Clearly they are not

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