Marina Gontar
27 November 2022 16: 10
Headings: News Policy

The Rada wants to dismiss 10 deputies who left Ukraine at the beginning of the war, but not everything is so simple

The Rada is going to take away mandates from 10 people's deputies who left Ukraine during a full-scale war with Russia.

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The Rada wants to dismiss 10 deputies who left Ukraine at the beginning of the war, but not everything is so simple

The Verkhovna Rada wants to take away mandates from about 10 people's deputies who left Ukraine during a full-scale war with Russia and did not return to work in parliament. This was reported by the head of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk in an interview with "Suspilny".

We are talking about deputies who left Ukraine from February 24 and earlier and did not return to their duties. Stefanchuk said that these deputies had already been fired from all positions they held in the Rada and the payment of salaries had been frozen. 

"We are now waiting for any potential decisions to deprive these people's deputies of their mandate, but this is not so easy to do," Stefanchuk said.

All within the law

Stefanchuk said that the Rada is acting in accordance with the Constitution:

  • resignation upon personal application;
  • the entry into force of a guilty verdict against the people's deputy;
  • recognition of the deputy by the court as incompetent or missing;
  • termination of his citizenship or his departure for permanent residence outside Ukraine;
  • if within 20 days from the date of the occurrence of circumstances leading to a violation of the requirements regarding the incompatibility of the deputy mandate with other types of activity, these circumstances are not eliminated;
  • non-inclusion of a people's deputy elected from a political party (electoral bloc of political parties) into the deputy faction of this political party (electoral bloc of political parties) or the deputy's withdrawal from such a faction;
  • deputy's death.

Thus, several points work at once. Firstly, about the long-term departure of the deputy abroad, as well as about the failure to fulfill his duties. However, not all deputies who left are subject to laws, and the Constitution cannot be changed during martial law. 

Nevertheless, Stefanchuk promised that they would find an opportunity to say goodbye to these deputies. 

He also noted that the mandate can be taken away from the deputies if they have dual citizenship, due to the lack of permanent residence for a certain period.

Stefanchuk added that the issue of extradition of some people's deputies who are in Europe is currently being worked out. However, this requires a court decision, which will enter into force.

In the meantime, the decision has not entered into force (and it remains to be seen whether it will enter before the end of the war), ex-people's deputies walk around Vienna arm in arm with businessmen and judges. A criminal case has been opened against every second person, but this does not bother the current government at all.

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