Ukraine parliament to hold emergency session
( RIA Novosti ) - Ukraine's parliament has said it will hold an emergency session Monday to discuss the political situation in the country locked in a dispute between the parliamentary majority coalition and the opposition.
"An extraordinary plenary session will take place at 12.00 (1 p.m. Moscow time, 9 a.m. GMT)," the Supreme Rada said.
The Supreme Rada adjourned until April 17 Friday, saying lawmakers would work in committees and party factions this week, but would be ready to meet for an emergency session at any moment if required.
The prime minister-controlled ruling coalition has been at the center of a political brawl with the president and opposition over its expansion. It defied the presidential order to dissolve April 2, but has since made a number of concessions, including a decision to return to its original lineup Friday.
Western-leaning President Viktor Yushchenko and Russia-friendly Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych suspended their standoff on Easter Day, and coalition supporters curbed their protests in central Kiev.
But a member of Yanukovych's Party of Regions faction in parliament said earlier protests against the dissolution of the Supreme Rada and early elections would resume Monday and could involve 50,000-60,000 people.
The coalition, which also comprises the Communists and Socialists, has refused to dissolve and prepare for elections, slated by Yushchenko for May 27, until a Constitutional Court decision on the legitimacy of the presidential order.