Zelensky offers steps for emerging from constitutional crisis

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to the president, the criminal responsibility for false declaration will be restored until the end of 2020
19:00, 19 November 2020

Official website of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky provided the steps of emerging from the constitutional crisis, as the President’s Office reported after Zelensky’s video-conference with the ambassadors of G7 and EU countries.

Zelensky criticized the decision of the Constitutional Court on the abolishing of some paragraphs of the anti-corruption legislation. According to the president, this decision has almost ‘reset’ all systems of the fight against corruption.

Meanwhile, Zelensky called the steps that should be assumed by the government to emerge from the constitutional crisis.

“The restoration of the criminal responsibility for a lie in declarations until the end of the year; return of all monitoring functions to the NAPC and solution of the Constitutional Court issue,” he noted.

Related: Zelensky v. Constitutional Court: Temporary truce?

Besides, the president underlined that the Ukrainian authority has a more strategic task – reform of the judicial system.

In their turn, G7 ambassadors noted they support the implementation of the judicial system reform. Moreover, the sides agreed that it is necessary to provide the procedure of honest and transparent selection of new judges of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Earlier, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the norm about the criminal responsibility for false declaration unconstitutional. According to the court’s decision, the criminal responsibility for a false declaration is ‘excessive punishment’ for a person. The punishment for false declaration is ‘disproportional to the inflicted harm’.

By such a decision, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine blocked the implementation of local election results. The court denied the NACP access to state registers which are used to verify declarations of candidates for senior positions in state bodies. In this regard, no head can be officially appointed.

Related: Constitutional Court postpones consideration of interpretation of land as national wealth

On October 29,  Volodymyr Zelensky convened an urgent meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to determine measures for the immediate response of the state to threats to national security.

Besides, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted draft law No.4288 for the Parliament's consideration. The bill offers MPs to deprive the Constitutional Court judges of their authorities and to restore the law on a declaration that the Court had canceled.


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