reply to post by Xcathdra
Okay, having read the link to the constitution you posted here is the part about removal of the president:
Article 110. Incapability of the President of Ukraine to exercise his authority for health reasons shall be determined at a meeting of the Verkhovna
Rada of Ukraine and confirmed by a decision adopted by the majority of its constitutional membership on the basis of a written petition of the Supreme
Court of Ukraine, upon a recourse of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and a medical opinion.
"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."
1. the procedure of impeachment is begun by the Verkhovna Rada
2. an ad hoc investigating committee must be established
3. then the Verkhovna Rada must consider the findings of the ad hoc committee
4. the Verkhovna Rada must bring charges after a review by the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court
5. only after all these steps are taken can removal by a vote of 3/4 of the Verkhovna Rada occur.
So you are saying that from the time the bill of impeachment was brought on Feb. 21, all the above steps were taken in less than 24 hours, including
an investigation of the charges and review by two separate courts.
How was his removal legal if the parliamentary body failed to follow the steps outlined in the constitution?
How is the present "government" legitimate if the replacement process was not followed?
"Article 112. In the event of an early termination of the authority of the President of Ukraine in accordance with Articles 108, 109, 110 and 111 of
this Constitution, the discharge of the duties of the President of Ukraine, for the period pending the elections and the assumption of the office by
the next President of Ukraine, shall be vested on the Prime Minister of Ukraine. The Prime Minister of Ukraine, for the period of discharge of the
duties of the President of Ukraine, may not exercise the powers stipulated by items 2, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 22, 25, 27 of Article 106 of the
Constitution of Ukraine."
How is it that Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov was not made president according to the above Article 112, to hold that office until such time as
elections could be held?
I've heard mention several times of revocation of the existing constitution and reversion to an older model---so is this the constitution they were
Every single media report I can find from western sources simply state that the president was "removed" or "impeached" but make no mention whatsoever
of the crimes for which he was "removed" or "impeached" or the contents of any court opinions. Don't you find that exceedingly strange?
What do you suppose would happen if the House of Representatives brought a bill of impeachment against our president the day before he was scheduled
to go abroad for a meeting, waited for him to leave town and the Senate, the very next day, announced he was guilty and appointed Romney as president?
That's pretty much what appears to have happened in Ukraine according to media reports.
edit on 16-3-2014 by diggindirt because: spelling