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Legal news in Ukraine: Constitutional Court has a new head, an inauguration of the new President has been appointed, coalition in the Council has ceased its activities, language law was published

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Legal news in Ukraine: Constitutional Court has a new head, an inauguration of the new President has been appointed, coalition in the Council has ceased its activities, language law was published

A new head of the Constitutional Court has been appointed

On May 14, 2019, judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine passed a decision on distrust to the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine Stanislav Shevchuk and proceeded to a special plenary meeting.

At this meeting, the judges adopted a resolution to dismiss Stanislav Shevchuk from the post of judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on the basis of paragraph 3 of Article 21 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine".

At the same time, Natalya Shaptala was elected as a chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. It should be noted that, in accordance with Article 33 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine", the President of the Court is elected at a special plenary session of the Court for only one three-year term.

Natalia Shaptala was appointed a judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine by the X Congress of Judges of Ukraine in September 2010. Shaptala’s oath was on September 21, 2010. According to Article 16 of the Law of Ukraine "On the Constitutional Court of Ukraine", a judge of the Constitutional Court is appointed for nine years without the right to be reappointed.

The nine-year term of Natalia Shaptala as the judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine expires in September 2019, so she will manage the CCU only until this time.

It should be added that some judges of the Constitutional Court earlier accused Stanislav Shevchuk of systematic violations of the law.

It should be noted that the head of the Constitutional Court leads the President of Ukraine to the oath.

The Council approved the date of the new President inauguration

The Verkhovna Rada approved the date of the newly elected President inauguration – Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

According to the decision of the people's deputies, the inauguration will take place on May 20. The solemn sitting of the parliament will begin at 10:00.

The meeting at which the new President-elect of Ukraine takes the oath is held in the session hall of the parliament. The reason is the results of the elections, which were officially announced by the Central Election Commission of Ukraine.

The newly elected President of Ukraine, having laid the right hand on the Constitution of Ukraine and, if desired, at the Peresopnytsia Gospel, proclaims an oath to the Ukrainian people, signs it and passes the signed text to the President of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

The head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine announces that the newly elected President of Ukraine made an oath to the Ukrainian people in accordance with Article 104 of the Constitution of Ukraine and entered the post of President of Ukraine. The head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine shall hand over the text of the oath to the Ukrainian people signed by the President of Ukraine to the Head of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The head of the Central Election Commission presents the newly elected President of Ukraine a certificate of the President of Ukraine, the Head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine presents the newly elected President with official symbols of the authorities of the President of Ukraine.

Let's add, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko created an organizing committee for the inauguration of the newly elected President.

On May 3, 2019 in the newspaper "Holos Ukrainy" was posted a message regarding the results of the presidential election on March 31, 2019.

Following a re-vote on April 21, 2019, Vladimir Zelensky was elected as a President of Ukraine.

The chairman of the council announced the cessation of the coalition’s activities

On May 17, 2019, during the plenary session, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy announced the cessation of the Coalition «European Ukraine».

Coalition ceases its activities on May 17. Parubiy called on people's deputies to start consultations on the formation of a new one.

In accordance with Article 83 (7) of the Constitution of Ukraine, a new coalition must be formed within one month from today, the day when the coalition of deputy factions in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine ceases to function. Otherwise, the parliament may be dissolved by the President.

At the same time, Article 90 of the Constitution of Ukraine provides that the powers of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine can not be terminated by the President of Ukraine in the last six months of the term of office of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine or the President of Ukraine.

Law on the state language published in the «Voice of Ukraine» on May 16

On May 16, 2019, the Law of Ukraine «On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state» was published in the newspaper «Holos Ukrainy».

This Law enters into force two months from the date of its publication, in addition to a number of legislative acts that become effective in the period from six months to five years.

The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed the Law on May 15, 2019.

People’s deputies approved the Law on April 25, 2019. Among other things, the law provides for the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language in the public space, public and communal sectors, transport, nutrition, medical, education, theatrical performances, cinematic dubbing, television, on the Internet, print media.

More than 50% of titles of print media should be in Ukrainian, web pages should be automatically downloaded in Ukrainian. The Ukrainian version of sites should be at least as large as a foreign one.

At the same time, the requirement does not apply to private communication and religious ceremonies.

The Law also have introduced fines for violating language legislation and an exam in Ukrainian language for foreigners who want Ukrainian citizenship.




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