Pro-government coalition not to support Ukraine's Prosecutor General's resignation, - official

Source : 112 Ukraine

November 7, Yuriy Lutsenko claimed about his resignation from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada
16:25, 6 November 2018

The Verkhovna Rada

The pro-government parliamentary coalition will not support the resignation of Yuriy Lutsenko from the post of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Iryna Gerashchenko, First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.

“I want to draw the attention to the next points: obviously, we are grateful to the law enforcement bodies which succeeded to find the killers but, at the same time, we will not be honest if we do not recognize that the security issue of the Ukrainian citizen today is one of the key challenges. Indeed, we would like more attention from the law enforcement bodies, from all the forces structures, prevention of the crimes, whoever it concern – all the Ukrainians. But it is obvious that the journalists and activists are in the risk group and at the same time, we, as the lawmakers, need to appeal to our colleagues from the enforcement structures and ask: if something depends on you, the strengthening of the function of the investigation or another legislation, which provides larger toolkit to the law enforcement structures to provide the normal work – we must do it. We should not argue but do our work,” she claimed.

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“We, the pro-governmental coalition, do not support the resignation of Yuriy Lutsenko… Now I appeal to the chairman of the parliament to put it on the vote and we will see that the coalition will not give these voices,” she added.

Earlier Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yury Lutsenko claimed that he resigns from his post.

Yuriy Lutsenko was appointed to the post of the prosecutor general on May 12, 2016. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the draft regulation on his appointment by the voices of 264 MPs. The document was signed by President Petro Poroshenko.

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Before this, a law on Prosecutor General’s Office was adopted in which the demands for the candidate for the post of the prosecutor general were changed. In accordance with an adopted draft law, a candidate for this post should have a university degree, not necessarily a legal one, work experience in law or legislative and/or law enforcement body (not less than five years), the candidate should also speak the state language, possess high moral and professional qualities and organizational skills. Thus, there is an opinion, that this law was adopted directly for the appointment of Yuriy Lutsenko for the post of the prosecutor general.

As we reported 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 Kateryna Handziuk.


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