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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

New Powers for Next Parliament

KIEV -- Constitutional reforms in Ukraine that took effect this year will transfer some presidential powers to the newly elected parliament.

Under the reforms, the parliament now has the right to:

• Name the prime minister and Cabinet members, except for the foreign and defense ministers, who are still named by the president.

• Fire Cabinet members. Previously, parliament could only pass a nonbinding vote of no confidence. Also, the president can no longer fire the prosecutor general without parliamentary approval.

Additionally, lawmakers will now serve five years instead of four, and they are barred from changing factions.

If the president is impeached or becomes incapacitated, his powers pass to the parliament speaker until an election is held. Previously, the president's duties passed to the prime minister.

The president retains the power to set foreign policy, and gains power to dissolve the parliament and call a new election if lawmakers fail to form a majority within a month of taking office.