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Crimean parliament presidium offers May 25 as referendum date

27-02-2014 15:22

Two issues will be considered at an extraordinary session of the Crimean Supreme Council: a Crimean referendum and government reports, Crimean Parliament Chairman Volodymyr Konstantynov said.

"Two issues will be put forward: holding the Crimea-wide referendum on May 25 on the broadening of powers for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. The second issue: the economic situation in the Crimea and government reports. We are planning to consider these issues to meet the demands of those people who today are out in the streets and outraged, seeing no future prospects," Konstantynov said in a video address on Thursday. The Crimean parliament continues working as usual, despite the events occurring in Ukraine and the Crimea, he said. "The situation remains tense. A conflict started yesterday. Radical elements did not allow us to hold an extraordinary session of the Supreme Council. Following my resolution today I organized the extraordinary Supreme Council session where we shall discuss issues of vital importance for autonomy," Konstantynov said.
It was reported earlier that the presidium of the Supreme Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea initiated the autnomy-wide referendum on the subject of "improving autonomous status and broadening its powers" and made the relevant announcement, Crimean Verkhovna Rada Chairman's Secretary Oksana Korniychuk said. The statement refereed to, quote, "non-constitutional seizure of power in Ukraine by radical nationalists supported by armed gangs," unquote, as a cause of unrest in Crimea, local media reported. "Under these conditions, the Crimean Supreme Council, being the highest representative body of power in the Crimea, and based on the will of the Crimeans who elected it, is taking upon itself full responsibility for the fate of the Crimea. According to the fundamental democratic canons, the Presidium of the Crimean Parliament considers the application of the principles of direct people's rule the only possible way of exiting the current situation. We are convinced that only a Crimean-wide referendum over the improvement of the autonomous status and broadening of its powers will enable the Crimeans to decide the future of the autonomy without any outside pressure," the statement said.