Ukraine president appoints new Constitutional Court judge as decree ruling looms Mike Rosen-Molina at 4:27 PM ET
[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website] Friday appointed a new judge to the nation's Constitutional Court [official website], the second such appointment in two days. Stepan Havrysh [official profile] and Vasyl Kostytsky [Council of Europe profile] will replace two judges Yuschenko dismissed [JURIST report] earlier this week for procedural and ethics violations. Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych criticized the appointments, saying that the the president could not install judges without first consulting Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile] and the Justice Ministry. The court is currently considering the constitutionality of Yushchenko's decree [text; JURIST report] dissolving parliament and calling for new elections. Yanukovych and a majority of legislators objected to the decree, filing an appeal with the 18-judge Constitutional Court. After weeks of fighting, Yushchenko and Yanukovych agreed [BBC report] Friday to hold early parliamentary elections. Radio Free Europe has more. AP has additional coverage.
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