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Zelensky’s bill has characteristics of constitutional coup in Ukraine, - Constitutional Court Chair

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zelensky submitted the pill to the parliament that offers to deprive the Constitutional Court judges of their authorities
15:07, 30 October 2020

Chair of the Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytsky
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Chair of the Constitutional Court Oleksandr Tupytsky stated that the bill initiated by President Volodymyr Zelensky has characteristics of the constitutional coup in Ukraine as 112 Ukraine TV Channel reported.

“Let’s check the judges for virtue? Good idea. But someone decided it is not enough. Today, the law appears, it was elaborated during a night, #4288 that has characteristics of the constitutional coup in Ukraine. I tell it with all responsibility because it is the violation of Article 149 of the Constitutional Court. What should take place in the parliament on Tuesday? The cancelation of the decision of the Constitutional Court by a bill or regulation. Why not by the order of the president? Why there is a need to involve the parliament in such an unconstitutional case? One person claimed responsibility because it is the initiative of the president and abolished the decision of the Constitutional Court by an order,” Tupytsky said.

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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 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.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky stated that the system of the electronic declaration of incomes will work despite the decision of the Constitutional Court.

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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.

Later, the Cabinet of Ministers ordered the National Agency for the Prevention of Corruption (NAPC) to immediately restore citizens' access to the register of declarations of officials.

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 declaration that the Court had canceled.

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