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Ukrainian parliament makes compromise with president
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The UKrainian parliament has taken a step toward compromise with President Viktor Yushchenko to defuse the current political crisis, said Parliament Speaker Oleksander Moroz on Friday.

Demonstrators attend a rally to support Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in central Kiev April 5, 2007. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

    KIEV, April 6 (Xinhua) -- The UKrainian parliament has taken a step toward compromise with President Viktor Yushchenko to defuse the current political crisis, said Parliament Speaker Oleksander Moroz on Friday.

    The parliament passed a resolution on Friday to amend the parliamentary constitution.

    The amended constitution said that the parliament's majority coalition can be expanded only by the addition of parliament groups as a whole, not individual lawmakers, a step toward compromise with President Yushchenko, said Moroz at a press conference.


    The current political turmoil in Ukraine emerged last month when 11 lawmakers from pro-presidential factions defected to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich's ruling coalition, moving it closer to a 300-seat, veto-proof majority in the parliament that could allow Yanukovich's allies to change the constitution.

    Yushchenko called the defections illegal, saying the law permits only blocs, not individual lawmakers, to switch sides.

    The president issued an decree on Monday to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections on May 27.

    Yanukovich has defied the order and brought his supporters into the streets of Ukrainian capital, where they have set up a tent camp and held daily rallies outside the Central Election Commission and on the Independence Square.

    On Friday, Yushchenko and Yanukovich held talks on the current political crisis for more than an hour. The meeting ended without any public comments.

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