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Poroshenko reiterates he will hold referendum on federalization of Ukraine

Ukraine will remain a unitary state, this form of state rule is supported by almost 90% of citizens. This was stated by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko at a meeting of the Constitutional Commission.

Poroshenko reiterates he will hold referendum on federalization of Ukraine

Poroshenko stressed that decentralization had nothing to do with federalization, Joinfo.ua reports.

"Ukraine has been, is, and will be a unitary state. And it is not because we are here on top to decide, but because we regularly examine public opinion and I can assure you that over the past year the public support for unitary form of state rule has incresed and today it is close to 90%," he said.

At the same time, Poroshenko said he was willing to hold a referendum on the state system of Ukraine.

Taking into account that the process of decentralization and redistribution of power between the center and regions will include certain "tuning" of power distribution between the Parliament, President and Government, the Head of State emphasized that the essence of the model itself will remain unchanged. "Transition to parliamentary-presidential form of government will remain a reliable guarantee of European and democratic development of Ukraine. Together with the Parliament, Government and coalition, we are doing everything to prove the efficiency of the working model of checks and balances between the different branches of power. Nobody should doubt our willingness to work for the benefit of Ukraine," he said.

Earlier, Poroshenko also said that besides federalization of the country, he was ready to put the question of the second state language to a referendum.