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Why Ukraine's Prosecutor General and MPs kick up a fuss in Verkhovna Rada

Author : Yaroslav Konoshchuk

Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has emotionally claimed that Parliament had either voted for his resignation or did not to interfere with the investigation
17:00, 7 November 2018

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has emotionally claimed that Parliament had either voted for his resignation or did not to interfere with the investigation. The MPs and the Prosecutor General publicly quarreled, and then only 38 MPs voted for Lutsenko’s resignation. However, many people called this happening a farce and a political trick of Yuriy Lutsenko.

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It's long been rumored that Lutsenko to be dismissed soon. It was also rumored that part of President Poroshenko’s entourage would like the current prosecutor general to become Ukraine’s new prime minister. After the appointment, Lutsenko himself stated that he had temporarily entered the office. In mid-September 2018, the Prosecutor General did not rule out the creation of a joint political force with Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

"We are talking with everyone who thinks the same way as I do, I mean, about the country and the politics. For example, I negotiate with Vitali Klitschko, with whom I have established long-standing friendly relations. I think we are kindred spirits. I do not rule out that we would create a common political force," he said. At the same time, Lutsenko hinted that he could join Klitschko’s Udar party, and added that he would not take part in the 2019 presidential election campaign.

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During the YES forum in September, the Prosecutor General clarified that he would leave the office in May next year after the completion of the presidential election.

The new plenary week has revived the issue of Lutsenko’s resignation. November 5, Ukraine’s Parliament invited the leadership of the National Police, General Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine to hear the report on the investigation of the attack on public activist Kateryna Handziuk. 222 people’s deputies voted for, 150 votes would be enough.

Lutsenko first came up with his speech. He criticized the intention to create a Temporary Investigation Commission to examine the death of an activist, and also voiced some accusations of disclosing the secrets of the investigation.

Related: Lutsenko: Attack was ordered by representatives of law enforcement

“All this already happened in the past, when bastards tried to attach themselves to the murder of Nozdrovska and used to spill an ocean of tears here insisting that the investigation is at standstill. When the accused defendant, charged with murder, went to court, none of these bastards has shown up in the court. Nobody cares! And today the National Front (a political party of Ukraine founded by Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Oleksandr Turchynov in 2014, - 112.international) works on the funeral of Handziuk, but not these public figures who only pick up their bloody dividends. If the head of the committee who had to run the whole anti-corruption policy still doesn’t understand the difference between procedural command and investigation, which doesn’t exist for a year in the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, then he is a greenhorn with brain diarrhea and not ahead of the committee.” Apparently, Lutsenko was speaking about Ehor Sobolev, who was the head of the anti-corruption committee of the Verkhovna Rada until recently.

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The statement of the Prosecutor General surprised the parliamentarians. So, the people's deputy from Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction Oksana Prodan said that she "did not understand what to vote for." Our own sources in the National Front faction called Lutsenko’s actions a political maneuver to relieve the tension, in particular in connection with the investigation of Handziuk’s case. However, it seems that the Presidential Administration was aware of the plans of the Prosecutor General.

In any case, First Deputy Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko, who is considered the close person to the president, called on Parliament Speaker Andriy Parubiy to put the question on Lutsenko’s resignation on the agenda, “and we’ll see that the coalition does vote for it." Only 38 deputies voted “for.”

It should be noted that Lutsenko’s resignation has been voted in violation of the procedure because the president should submit this idea to the Rada.

Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction has benefited from the “resignation” of the Prosecutor General. Thus, deputy chairman of the faction Oleksiy Honcharenko stated that "the prosecutor general received a political vote of confidence."

“This is a kind of hype or farce associated with Lutsenko’s desire to return to big politics,” said our sources in the National Front faction.

Despite criticism from the prosecutor general, the parliament supported the creation of a Temporary Investigation Commission to inspect attacks against activists and the murder of Kateryna Handziuk with 155 votes. It was headed by non-fractional MP Boryslav Bereza. Conclusions and decisions of the commission are not decisive for the investigation and the court.

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In turn, part of the deputies, mainly from among the "Euro-optimists" group, intends to try again to dismiss Lutsenko.  However, it is unlikely that he would leave his post before the presidential elections in 2019.

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