Ukraine president proposes freeze on decree dissolving parliament Leslie Schulman at 7:35 PM ET
[JURIST] Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced Wednesday that he would freeze his controversial April 2 decree [transcript of televised statement; decree text] ordering the dissoluton of parliament and new elections on May 27 in an attempt to end a constitutional confrontation with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile]. The freeze would allow parliament to continue operating, but early elections would be called on a date to be negotiated. Yanukovych, who had initially called on Yushchenko to cancel the decree, indicated on Wednesday that he would accept a compromise freeze. Yanukovych and other leaders of the Ukrainian parliament [official website] appealed to the Constitutional Court [JURIST report] last week after Yushchenko issued the decree. On Tuesday the Constitutional Court [official website] delayed a scheduled hearing on the decree's legality until April 17, claiming public threats against judges and political pressure impeded a scheduled hearing. Several judges also asked the state to provide them with bodyguards, and indirectly blamed Yushchenko for the pressure campaign.
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