Zelensky needs law on lustration extension to return Yanukovych's allies, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

The politician is sure that the document was worked out for the pre-election promotion
12:49, 15 July 2019

Petro Poroshenko, the current President of Ukraine
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Leader of European Solidarity Petro Poroshenko thinks that the draft law on lustration of the officials and politicians, who have been in office after the Revolution of Dignity, aims to divert public’s attention from implementation of the "revanchist scenario" of return of allies of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych to the authority, as press service of the party reported.

“It is mission drift, an attempt to deflect attention from the return to authority of “fifth columnist” of Yanukovych and Putin,” Poroshenko said.

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He noted that he perceived this draft law as a joke but then he saw “hype, a pre-election story”.

“What is the point of filing the draft law in the Verkhovna Rada, which almost ceased its powers, ended its work and said goodbye to everyone? And suddenly the president registers the text of the draft law. The document has nothing in common with democratic traditions or European norms,” the fifth president of Ukraine said.

He finds the laws on the lustration of the officials of Yanukovych times and current initiative to lustrate officials, who came to power after the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, are incompatible.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered to pass the draft law on extending the campaign on screening the Ukrainian officials. According to the offer, the campaign will now also involve the officials appointed after February 23, 2014, till May 19, 2019.

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Zelensky offered to pass the law almost immediately after the same offer was voiced out by ex-Head of Yanukovych's Administration Andriy Portnov. Portnov, previously wanted in Ukraine and sanctioned by the EU, is known as the lawyer who returned to Ukraine soon after Zelensky's inauguration. His stance towards Euromaidan activists is aggressive; in his Telegram channel, Portnov offered to consider places for concentration camps for political opponents. Portnov, who currently enjoys the protection of armed men is a close friend of Andriy Bohdan, the Head of the Presidential Office.



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