Borys Kolesnikov: Only the new Constitution will allow Ukraine to revive the economy and return peace

Borys Kolesnikov: Only the new Constitution will allow Ukraine to revive the economy and return peace

Despite the fact that the Constitution of Ukraine is only 23 years old, it no longer corresponds to modern realities and is not an effective legal basis of the state. The country needs a new Constitution, says Prime Minister of the Opposition Government, Borys Kolesnikov.

“The Basic Law of Ukraine is 23 years old. This is a short time, but, unfortunately, today it is very outdated and has lost its effectiveness. I always cite the example of the US Constitution. For more than 230 years of its existence, only 27 edits were made in it (including the abolition of slavery, the introduction and abolition of “dry law”)! This is a vivid example of an effective Constitution,” Borys Kolesnikov wrote on his Facebook page.

He noted that three years ago, together with the Opposition Government, he had drafted an absolutely new Constitution, designed to eliminate dualism of power and to carry out full-fledged decentralization.

“Its goal is to transfer power to the local level, create a parliament for 150 deputies in the Lower House, and one senator per million voters in the Upper House. The President is elected in parliament and has purely ceremonial functions. If we want to build a successful country, it must be exclusively parliamentary. Staying power in several hands leads to poor governance. In Western countries, 90% of laws are passed on the initiative of the government, in Ukraine - 20%. This suggests that our parliamentary-presidential republic does not work,” the opposition Prime Minister said.

Borys Kolesnikov stressed that the ideas embodied in the new Constitution imply the eradication of corruption. “We are confident that its root lies in the formation of the ruling coalition. This is where the division of “portfolios” begins. In our Constitution, the “core” point is the formation of a coalition. The party that won the election receives a 50% +1 mandate. As a result, it can form a coalition, but it can act independently,” the politician emphasized.

“I am sure that only the new Constitution will allow Ukraine to revive the economy and return peace!” Borys Kolesnikov concluded.

28 June 2019 11:37
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