Bill on constitutional changes in Ukraine not foreseeing de-centralization promised by Poroshenko - deputy

The bill to amend the Constitution, proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, enhances the presidential power and does not expand powers of local authorities, the Party of Regions said.

The bill to amend the Constitution, proposed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, enhances the presidential power and does not expand powers of local authorities, the Party of Regions said.

"We were lied to. We were promised de-centralization of authorities. We were promised that exclusive power would not be in Kiev alone anymore but would be in Lvov, Uzhhorod, Ivano-Frankivsk, Donetsk and Odessa. This will not happen. The draft Constitution, proposed by the authorities, foresees absolute power monopoly in Kiev. Local council remains utterly rightless," deputy of the Party of Regions faction Mykola Levchenko said at Verkhovna Rada during a plenary meeting on Tuesday.

In particular, according to the amendments proposed, the president will have the right to dissolve any local council - regional, district and municipal, Levchenko said.

The president and presidential representatives at sites will be authorized to interfere in budget and remove local officials, Levchenko said. "The president will have the exclusive right to appoint state property administrator - head of the State Property Fund. This right is taken away from the parliament," he said.

At the same time, the bill stipulated that the president will have the right to dismiss prosecutor general without the accord of the parliament, Levchenko said.

It has been reported that on June 26 Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko registered in Verkhovna Rada the bill amending the Constitution. The key aspect of the draft law is de-centralization of authorities, the president said.

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