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The President of Ukraine shall exercise his powers until the assumption of office by the newly elected President of Ukraine. The authority of the President of Ukraine shall be subject to an early termination in cases of:
2) inability to exercise presidential authority for health reasons;
3) removal from office by the procedure of impeachment;
4) his/her death.
Article 111. The President of Ukraine may be removed from the office by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in compliance with a procedure of impeachment if he commits treason or other crime.
The issue of the removal of the President of Ukraine from the office in compliance with a procedure of impeachment shall be initiated by the majority of the constitutional membership of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall establish a special ad hoc investigating commission, composed of special prosecutor and special investigators to conduct an investigation.
The conclusions and proposals of the ad hoc investigating commission shall be considered at the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
On the ground of evidence, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine shall, by at least two-thirds of its constitutional membership, adopt a decision to bring charges against the President of Ukraine.
The decision on the removal of the President of Ukraine from the office in compliance with the procedure of impeachment shall be adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by at least three-quarters of its constitutional membership upon a review of the case by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, and receipt of its opinion on the observance of the constitutional procedure of investigation and consideration of the case of impeachment, and upon a receipt of the opinion of the Supreme Court of Ukraine to the effect that the acts, of which the President of Ukraine is accused, contain elements of treason or other crime.
Update: 03-06-14 … The story has of course gone viral. The elitist at the EU have just declined comment, as have the US politicians and the new Ukraine government. They are betting that in a week the dummies won’t remember any of this as their attention span does not last that long. That is the contempt they have for us. So I think it is time for us to get the phone numbers of the EU offices here in the US and say hello to them and let them know what we think of their EU attitude. Bottom line? Both the US and EU Intelligence agencies know exactly who did these murders, so that makes them guilty of withholding the information. But they have immunity…and that is the issue that we are going to have to get onto the table to have any chance of fighting back…the blanket immunity they give themselves. It really is a national security threat to all the rest of us… Jim W. Dean, VT.
A presidential impeachment bill was introduced in Ukrainian parliament on Friday evening. The bill was published on parliament’s website, but no details were provided. Soon after the bill's introduction, President Viktor Yanukovich left for Kharkov to attend a summit of south-eastern regions, according to media reports.
The new bill was authored by Nikolay Rudkovskiy, head of the Socialist Party in Ukraine, which is part of the ruling Party of Regions coalition.
Current Ukrainian legislation has an impeachment clause, though it is extremely complex and many argue it is practically impossible to enact.
Ukraine: Yanukovych signs deal on ending crisis, Rada reinstates 2004 Constitution
Ukraine's parliament on Friday voted heavily in favour of returning to the constitution of 2004 under which President Viktor Yanukovich will lose some of his powers. The move also gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers. The constitutional change was supported by 386 deputies in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada.
On February 21, 2014 the parliament passed a law that reinstated the December 8, 2004 amendments of the constitution. This was passed under simplified procedure without any decision of the relevant committee and was passed in the first and the second reading in one voting by 386 deputies. The law was approved by 140 MPs of the Party of Regions (President Viktor Yanukovich Party), 89 MPs of Batkivshchyna, 40 MPs of UDAR, 32 of the Communist Party, and 50 independent lawmakers.
The resignation of the President of Ukraine enters into force from the moment he or she personally announces the statement of resignation at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
The inability of the President of Ukraine to exercise his or her powers for reasons of health shall be determined at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and confirmed by a decision adopted by the majority of its constitutional composition on the basis of a petition of the Supreme Court of Ukraine – on the appeal of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, and a medical opinion.
The President of Ukraine may be removed from office by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by the procedure of impeachment, in the event that he or she commits state treason or other crime.
The issue of the removal of the President of Ukraine from office by the procedure of impeachment is initiated by the majority of the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
To conduct the investigation, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine establishes a special temporary investigatory commission whose composition includes a special Prosecutor and special investigators.
The conclusions and proposals of the temporary investigatory commission are considered at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
For cause, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, by no less than two-thirds of its constitutional composition, adopts a decision on the accusation of the President of Ukraine.
The decision on the removal of the President of Ukraine from office by the procedure of impeachment is adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by no less than three-quarters of its constitutional composition, after the review of the case by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the receipt of its opinion on the observance of the constitutional procedure of investigation and consideration of the case of impeachment, and the receipt of the opinion of the Supreme Court of Ukraine to the effect that the acts, of which the President of Ukraine is accused, contain elements of state treason or other crime.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office on Friday initiated criminal proceedings against Ukraine’s ousted President Viktor Yanukovych on charges of seizing state power in 2010, the Office’s press service reports. Prosecutors have classified Yanukovych’s actions as an attempt to change and overthrow constitutional order and seize state power. The Prosecutor General’s Office claims that in 2010 Yanukovych amended Ukraine’s Constitution in an unconstitutional way that allowed him to seize state power. Voice of Russia, TASS
In the event of the pre-term termination of authority of the President of Ukraine in accordance with Articles 108, 109, 110 and 111 of this Constitution, the execution of duties of the President of Ukraine, for the period pending the elections and the assumption of office of the new President of Ukraine, shall be vested in the Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, for the period of executing the duties of the President of Ukraine, shall not exercise the powers envisaged by subparagraphs 2, 6-8, 10-13, 22, 24, 25, 27, and 28 of Article 106 of the Constitution of Ukraine.
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a day that could significantly shift Ukraine's political destiny, opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the country's beleaguered president that calls for early elections, a new constitution and a new unity government.
Russian officials immediately criticized the deal and protesters angry over police violence showed no sign of abandoning their sprawling camp in central Kiev.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he considered the Verkhovna Rada’s impeachment a "performance".
"If the incumbent president does not resign under the Constitution, if he is alive (and I’m alive as you see) and if an impeachment is not declared in parliament, he is president," Yanukovich told a news conference.
"Thus, I cannot recognize the impeachment, which was declared by parliament. I consider it a performance. I will never recognize it," the Ukrainian president said.Yanukovych said he did not recognise and had not recognised the laws that the parliament "approved by violence". "I’ve never signed them. So these laws have not been approved," he said.
On 22 February 2014, during the "Maidan revolution", the Verkhovna Rada voted to impeach the honorary chairman of the party Viktor Yanukovych as President of Ukraine. Out of the 38 PoR deputies present, 36 voted in favour of ousting Yanukovich while 2 did not take part in the vote.
In a written statement the next day, the party denounced Yanukovych, stating they "strongly condemn the criminal orders that led to human victims, an empty state treasury, huge debts, shame before the eyes of the Ukrainian people and the entire world."
On 24 February 2014 faction leader Oleksandr Yefremov declared that the party was moving into the opposition. 77 of its MPs had left the faction over the past few days.
On 25 February 2014 Anatoliy Kinakh and 32 other mostly former PoR deputies created the parliamentary faction Economic Development.
This does not help nurture a relationship with their former republics based on the past of the Soviet Union / Russia. If someone is allowed to act this way, then everyone is allowed to. And this means chaos. That’s the worst thing that can happen to a country with an unstable economy and an unestablished political system,” Putin explained.
“I strictly object to this form [of transition of power] in Ukraine, and anywhere in the post-Soviet space.
reply to post by maghun
Or you could read the release from Estonia about the incident, ALL OF IT, instead of just the parts you and others are using as propaganda to support a claim that is not supported by the facts.
According to Scott Gordon, a political organization is constitutional to the extent that it "contain[s] institutionalized mechanisms of power control for the protection of the interests and liberties of the citizenry, including those that may be in the minority."
reply to post by Xcathdra
Why would they do that? Any logical reason to sneak around the protesters just to snipe them when they could snipe from where they are, why risk getting caught in the middle of the protesters sniping at them? Must have a death wish, Doesn't make sense.edit on 10-3-2014 by sosobad because: (no reason given)
Ashton sounds taken aback by his remarks: "I think we do want to investigate. I mean I didn't know. I didn't pick that up. Gosh."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday called for an OSCE investigation into who was behind the deaths of dozens of people in Kiev during February in attacks by snipers, saying the truth could no longer be "covered up".
reply to post by Xcathdra
Your excuses are starting to get pathetic now, it really shows that you do have some kind of agenda when the evidence points to the obvious and you jump to the ludicrous.
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
if there are idf there
it is no accident..
just like the sectarian violence they are creating in iraq
paying agent provocateurs is standard practice
thats where the several billion dollars the us spent
this is just an oligarch's welcome to palistein