It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
reply to post by Aloysius the Gaul
With the latest move by Putin to shut down any media outlet that is critical of him / Russian government I don't think we will be getting the flip side of the coin from Russian media that does not support Putin / his goals in Crimea anytime soon.
What frightens me the most is Putin is rarely one to flinch and the West can't afford to.
"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.
Article 108. 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 109. The resignation of the President of Ukraine shall enter into force from the moment when he personally announces the statement of resignation at a meeting of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.
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.
Yanukovych's defiant statement – released on the presidential website – followed an announcement that he is taking sick leave due to an acute respiratory illness and high fever. There was no indication of how long he might be on leave or whether he would be able to do any work. The chief medical officer said the president was suffering from a "severe cold with a high temperature".
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 Verkhovna Rada adopted the draft law on the ad hoc investigatory commissions, which simplifies the procedure of impeachment of the President.
The adoption of law 408 Lawmakers voted 226 votes required. In Parliament recently, repeatedly sounded calls for impeachment of President Viktor Yushchenko. To declare impeachment requires the support of three-fourths of the constitutional composition of the Parliament, in which 450 places.
A bill on the special temporary investigative commissions supported 171 of 175 deputies from the party of regions faction, 155 of the 156 deputies from the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc, 36 of the 72 members of the pro-presidential faction "Our Ukraine-people's Self-Defense bloc, all 27 Communists and 19 of 20 deputies of the faction of the bloc of Lytvyn.
The Bill regulates the legal status and operating procedure of commissions of inquiry for impeachment proceedings.
Polls have closed in Ukraine following the country's first parliamentary elections under a new voting system. The political landscape there could change dramatically if the opposition gains enough seats and forms a coalition to impeach the president.
Exit polls predict results on proportional seats only. The ruling party may still get the upper hand in the Rada if it takes enough seats on a majority voting basis.
But given the current trend, the opposition might get enough mandates to impeach incumbent President Viktor Yanukovich. Opposition leaders called it a possibility if they can assemble a majority coalition under revamped election rules.
Recent law changes have dramatically remodeled the country's voting system: for the first time since 2002, seats in Ukrainian parliamentary elections will be won on both a majority and a proportional basis. Now numerous independent candidates have a chance at winning the majority parliamentary seats. The independent deputies would then have to decide which alliances to join, and what kinds of coalitions to form.
The elections' strongest dark horse candidate is retired boxing heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko's Udar ('Strike') Party. Many Ukrainians believe Klitschko could be the deciding factor in the formation of an opposition coalition in parliament.
Klitschko has already vowed his party would not form a coalition with the ruling Party of Regions or the Communist Party. However, he has not yet expressed interest in joining with the opposition either.
Intrigue and speculation surround the potential makeup of the new parliament, and whether a new bloc could have enough seats to pass a vote to oust Yanukovich, dramatically changing the political landscape and power structure of post-Soviet Ukraine.
And like Russia's presidential election in spring 2012, all of Ukraine’s 32,192 polling stations are equipped with web cameras to deter voter fraud and allow the elections to be viewed online. This extensive system reportedly added $123 million to the country's budget.
The Central Election Commission, which has 15 days to process the results, says the polling day wrapped up without any major incidents. Ukrainians rather turned up in panda costumes to get cheers from onlookers.
Duma is set to consider legislation that would allow the Russian Federation to absorb territories now within other states. Indeed, according to Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the Duma Committee on the CIS, if adopted, it would allow Russia to recover Crimea and other territories on the post-Soviet space.