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Zelensky not to file bills until election of new parliament

The current line-up of the parliament cannot be agreed with, the president's team says
19:17, 23 May 2019

Ruslan Stefanchuk, the representative of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky at the Verkhovna Rada
Radio Liberty

President Volodymyr Zelensky will submit the program draft law only after the election of the new parliament with the pro-president majority. The current line-up is not agreeable, as UNN reported citing Presidential Representative to the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk.

“The draft laws are ready, but they will be filed only when we have the majority and they will definitely pass through the Verkhovna Rada because things it showed yesterday cannot be described as cooperation. But all laws provided in the program of Volodymyr Oleksandrovych are developed, and they will be filed to the Verkhovna Rada,” he stated.

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Particularly, the issue is about the laws on impeachment and lifting of the MPs’ immunity. Besides, it is planned to file the law on illicit enrichment.

“We will see on the procedures as one draft law and the alternative are already filed and we will see how to do better to make the article on the illicit enrichment to correspond to all demands to prevent the Constitutional Court of banning it and destroy the whole system and endanger the country; to make it understandable and correct and be adopted at the Verkhovna Rada, according to the procedure,” Stefanchuk specified.

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Concerning yesterday’s voting at the Verkhovna Rada, according to Stefanchuk, it shows the impossibility of the current parliament to agree with the president.

“For us it is the example of the fact that the Verkhovna Rada is not agreeable on some issues of the cooperation with the president. The president will draw conclusions from it,” he stated.

On May 21, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky appointed Ruslan Stefanchuk as his representative at the Verkhovna Rada.

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Earlier we reported that the Verkhovna Rada refused to include the draft law on the amendment of the electoral system on parliamentary elections in the agenda as well as the draft law on the procurement system during the elections.

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