Ukraine court holds hearings on decree dissolving parliament Katerina Ossenova at 1:28 PM ET
[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website] held hearings Tuesday on a controversial April 2 decree [text; Yushchenko statement] by Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] ordering the dissolution of parliament and new elections on May 27. By a vote of 11 to 7, the court decided to study and review the decree until April 27 or until a final ruling is passed. Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] and leaders of the Ukrainian Parliament filed a challenge [JURIST report] on April 3 with the Ukrainian Constitutional Court seeking to block the decree. The court delayed [JURIST report] a scheduled hearing on April 10, citing political pressure and public threats against judges. Both Yushchenko and Yanukovych have said they will accept the court's decision, but Yushchenko has also said that he will not retract his decree. He did say, however, he would allow for a delay of the elections.
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