Ukraine's Constitutional Court receives parliament's request to rename Dnepropetrovsk region Sicheslav region
KYIV. Feb 17 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian Constitutional Court on Thursday received the Verkhovna Rada's request to rename the Dnepropetrovsk region Sicheslav region.
"On February 14, the Ukrainian Constitutional Court received a constitutional request of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada for a decision on the compliance of the bill amending Article 133 of the Ukrainian Constitution (regarding the renaming of the Dnepropetrovsk region) with the requirements outlined in Articles 157 and 158 of the Ukrainian Constitution," the Constitutional Court press service said.
According to earlier reports, the Verkhovna Rada on February 7 sent to the Constitutional Court for conclusions a parliamentary bill on changes to Article 133 of the Constitution regarding the renaming of the Dnepropetrovsk region Sicheslav region.
Such document can only be debated by the Verkhovna Rada if there is a decision made by the Constitutional Court on the compliance of the initiative with the requirements outlined in Articles 157 and 158 of the Ukrainian Constitution.
After receiving the conclusions of the Constitutional Court, the parliament can tentatively approve (pass at first reading) such a bill by at least 226 votes. After that, the Rada can debate it to adopt it on its merits in the next session. At least 300 parliamentarians' votes will be needed for that. Such procedure is envisaged by the Constitution of Ukraine.