Ukraine’s Rada cancels parliamentary immunity

The relevant decision was backed by 373 MPs.

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, has canceled parliamentary immunity.

Relevant presidential bill No. 7203 on amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine was backed by 373 MPs out of 404 registered in the session hall, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

Some 252 MPs from the Servant of the People faction voted “for” the bill, as well as 23 MPs from the Batkivshchyna faction, 24 from the European Solidarity faction, 19 from the Holos (Voice) faction, 22 from the Za Maibutnie (For the Future) faction, 33 independent MPs, and 0 from the Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya (For Life) faction. None voted “against,” three abstained, while 28 did not vote.

The law removes the norm that MPs are guaranteed parliamentary immunity. It is also envisaged to remove the norm that the lawmakers “cannot be prosecuted, detained or arrested without the consent of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.”

At the same time, the norm that the lawmakers are not legally liable for the results of voting or statements in parliament and its bodies, with the exception of liability for insult or slander, still remains.

The law will enter into force on January 1, 2020.

(c) Unian

6 comments

  1. “and 0 from the Opposition Platform – Za Zhyttya (For Life) faction.”

    It’s no surprise that Putin’s party did not vote for this law. Now to clean out the rotten judges from Ukraine’s courts.

    • After this is enacted, there should be a lot of changes since Maidan. No rubles allowed in elections, no immunity and no closed lists. The era of accountability is upon us…..I hope!

      • Yes lets hope you are right. The lack of accountability is the core of Ukraine’s problem.
        With all of he resources and hard working people Ukraine should be the Germany of Eastern Europe.
        Instead they are the what Somalia is to Africa.
        Lets pray this is the beginning of Ukraine’s rise to prominence.

    • They truey showed were they stand. I am not sure how they think opposing this bill will translate into votes?

  2. They truly showed were they stand. I am not sure how they think opposing this bill will translate into votes?

  3. They refused to vote either way. They would prefer to keep imunity so their ball sacks could not be clamped in a vise for embezzelment and extortion. Thieving mafia shiits!

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