Ukrainian Parliament passes impeachment law

18:59, 10 September 2019

The Ukrainian Parliament passed the law about the impeachment. 245 MPs upheld the bill submitted by President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The text of the document basically confirms the respective provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine.  It stipulates that the Parliament will have to vote three times; the first round actually initiates impeachment procedure in case the head of the state is suspected of state treason or another serious crime.

Next, a special investigation committee looks into the case, and the Parliament has to approve its conclusions with 300 votes, which is a constitutional majority. After that, the case is considered at the Constitution and Supreme Courts.

Finally, the impeachment has to be approved by three quarters of all votes in the Parliament. If fails, the Parliament has to apologize before the President. As the impeachment procedure is underway, the president may resign if he chooses to do so.