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Verkhovna Rada passes law on impeachment

245 MPs voted for the law, 244 of them are representatives of the Servant of the People party
12:56, 10 September 2019

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Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada adopted the presidential law on impeachment as a whole by the votes of the Servant of the People Party. 245 MPs voted for the law, 244 of them are representatives of the Servant of the People Party.

The parliament’s plenary session was broadcasted on the air of 112 Ukraine.

In a second vote, the Verkhovna Rada recognized the presidential bill on impeachment as such that does not need further elaboration. This decision was supported by 245 MPs, 244 of them are representatives of Servant of the People faction. Opposition Platform - For Life, European Solidarity and Holos factions were largely opposed, and Batkivshchyna Party and For the Future MPs, the MPs abstained or voted against.

This situation provoked opposition's protest. The faction of the mono-majority was accused of violating the regulations and called for the opportunity to submit amendments to the draft legislative act.

However, Speaker of Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov announced the third voting for the presidential bill on the impeachment proceedings as a whole. 245 MPs voted for it.

As it was reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada supported the bill on special procedure of the removal of the president of Ukraine from the office (impeachment) as the basis. 

The regulation norms on the procedure of impeachment were included in the bill without the reference to the law on the temporary investigatory and special commissions of the parliament (recognized as the unconstitutional due to the procedural violations as it came into force).

A provisional investigatory commission of the Verkhovna Rada shall be formed within 30 days from the date of initiation of impeachment. It must prepare conclusions based on the results of the investigation about signs of treason or other violations within six months and submit them to parliament.

Impeachment initiators suggest the candidacy of the special prosecutor to the special commission; MPs’ factions and groups are candidatures of special investigators. The lack of an e-declaration for the last year is a hindrance to the appointment of a special prosecutor or special investigator. If the special prosecutor withdraws his candidacy, new ones are introduced within three days.

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