Ukraine top lawmaker rejects presidential decree to dissolve parl’t

MOSCOW, Ukrainian Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy on Wednesday rejected a decree issued by President Volodymyr Zelensky to dissolve parliament, calling the step “illegal.” Russian news agency TASS quoted Parubiy as saying that this move would bring Ukraine into a constitutional crisis, as he warned President Zelensky to take responsibility for this action in front of law and people. Parubiy has vowed to go to the Constitutional Court to reconsider the decree.

Zelensky earlier signed a decree to dissolve the parliament and hold early elections on July 21 based on Article 90 of the Ukrainian Constitution, which gives the president the right to dissolve parliament in the absence of forming a majority parliamentary coalition within 30 days.

Meanwhile, Zelensky has dismissed Chief of the General Staff and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko and appointed Ruslan Khomchak to the post.

Zelensky won the presidential elections late March with 73 percent of the votes, while his main rival, former president Petro Poroshenko got 25 percent.

Before becoming president, Zelensky has been widely known for being a comedian, screenwriter and director.

Source: Kuwait News Agency