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Zelensky signs law on lifting of MPs’ immunity

The law should come into force on January 1, 2020
15:03, 11 September 2019

President's press service

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed the law “On the amendment to article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine on the immunity of the MPs of Ukraine” on the lifting of the lawmakers’ immunity from 2020, as the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine reported.

The President’s Office reports that article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine is published in its new edition; it does not contain point that the MPs are provided with the immunity and that they cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the permission of the parliament.

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It is supposed that the law will come into force on January 1, 2020.

On September 3, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine finally amended the Constitution and restricted the immunity of the MPs. 373 lawmakers voted for the bill #7203.

As we reported, the Committee on Legal Policy recommended that Verkhovna Rada finally amend the Constitution on parliamentary immunity restrictions

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Earlier, it was reported that Ukrainian lawmakers voted for the law that lifted parliamentary immunity. 363 MPs supported the document. The law makes it easier to detain and bring any MP to justice, in case this person breaks the law.

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