Topic: Political crisis in Ukraine
The judges will discuss the decree signed by pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko April 26 to reiterate his first decree of April 2 and set early elections for June 24. A month-long confrontation between Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych ended May 4 with a deal to hold early elections but the date remains to be decided.
In an interview with RIA Novosti, a newly appointed judge of the Constitutional Court, Stepan Havrysh, said the court had no authority to pass any rulings.
"Under the fundamental law of the country, the court must have 18 judges," he said. "But the president has sacked three judges by a decree, and the three new judges have not taken the oath yet."
Yushchenko dismissed the judges in late April-early May and two of them have already appealed the decision.
Another debated issue is the date of snap elections. The pro-presidential opposition party, Our Ukraine, wants the elections to be held in July while the Party of Regions led by Yanukovych and its allies in the ruling coalition, the Socialists and the Communists, prefer to postpone the election until autumn at least.
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