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About Ukraine's Parliament
The only legislative body of Ukraine is the Parliament - the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. People's deputies of Ukraine are elected by the citizens of Ukraine on the basis of equal and direct universal suffrage through secret vote. The election system is mixed - majority and proportional.

Altogether 450 deputies are elected. 225 of them are elected at single-mandate constituencies on the basis of relative majority, and another 225 are elected proportionally at multi-mandate national constituency from the lists of candidates coming from political parties and their election blocks.

The powers of people's deputies of Ukraine are established by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine. People's deputies of Ukraine may voluntarily unite themselves into deputies' groups (factions) of no less then 25 members. Deputies' groups are formed both at party and non-party basis. Deputies' groups formed at party basis are called 'factions'. Non-party deputies may join a faction if they support the program of relevant party. Deputies' groups formed at non-party basis unite deputies who share the same or similar views of national, social and economic development.

The Cabinet of Ministers (Government) of Ukraine is the supreme executive authority. Its actions are based on the Constitution, laws of Ukraine and presidential orders. The Government is responsible to the President and is controlled by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, to which it also must report. In practice, this dependency results in presidential appointment of a Prime Minister (with parliamentary consent). The President may also suspend Prime Minister's authorities and discharge him/her. Upon Prime Minister's submission, the President appoints and discharges the members of Cabinet of Ministers and other heads of central executive authorities.

 

Cabinet of Ministers

 

Prime Minister

Y. Tymoshenko

 

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First Deputy Prime Minister

O. Turchinov

Vice Prime Minister

H. Nemirya

Vice Prime Minister

I. Vasyunik

Vice Prime Minister

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Minister

Cabinet Ministers

P. Krupko

Minister

Agrarian Policy

Y. Melnyk

Minister

Economics

B. Danylyshyn

Minister

Environmental

Protection

H. Philipchuk

Minister

Internal Affairs

Y. Lutsenko

Minister

Coal Industry

V. Poltavets

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Minister

Foreign Affairs

V. Ohryzko

Minister

Culture & Tourism

V. Vovkun

Minister

Emergencies

V. Shandra

Minister

Defense

Y. Yekhanurov

Minister

Education

I. Vakarchuk

Minister

Health

V. Knyazevych

Minister

Labor

L. Denysova

Minister

Industrial Policy

V. Novytsky

Minister

Transportation

Y. Vinsky

Minister

Family & Youth

Y. Pavlenko

Minister

Justice

M. Onishchuk

Minister

Fuel & Energy

Y. Prodan

 

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Minister

VR Relations

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Minister

Housing Services

O. Kucherenko

Minister

Regional Develop.

V. Kuybida

Minister

Finance

V. Pynzenyk

 

Parliamentary control of the Government and its reporting to the Verkhovna Rada results is parliamentary approval of government-submitted annual budget, parliamentary resolutions on fulfillment of budgetary provisions, approval or rejection of governmental program and control of government's work.

Legal proceedings are carried out by the Constitutional Court and courts of general jurisdiction. The supreme authority of the system of courts of general jurisdiction is the Supreme Court of Ukraine. Legal proceedings may be carried out only by courts. Courts' jurisdiction covers all legal relationships in the state. The system of courts of general jurisdiction is based on the principles of territorial and special jurisdiction.

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine is a separate entity, independent from the courts of general jurisdiction. It cannot be used as a cassation, appeal or supervisory authority for the courts of general jurisdiction. The activities of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine promote constitutional control in all spheres, stabilization and strengthening of constitutional order, establishment of principle of primacy of law and the supreme legal force of the Constitution, promotion of constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens.

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