Contents tagged with Verkhovna Rada

  • President Zelensky dismisses 15 Ukrainian governors

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed 15 heads of the Local Government Administrations. The decrees on their dismissal have been posted on the President’s website.

    The heads of Kyiv, Kherson, Odesa, Lviv, and Khmelnytskyi, as well as other regions administrations, have been dismissed. The press service of the President also published decrees on the appointment of 13 people who will be working as governors.

    On June 10 Zelensky’s press Secretary Yuliya Mendel noted that Zelensky …

  • President Zelensky’s party publishes program to 'reset Ukraine's government'

    At a session on 9 June, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party unveiled its program for the upcoming snap parliamentary elections. Its priorities include purging and renewing the country’s government system, eradicating corruption, establishing attractive conditions for business, reforming the social sector and building an innovative economy, the party wrote on Facebook.

    “Ukraine needs radical changes. This was confirmed by the voting for Volodymyr Zelensky in …

  • Poroshenko announces he is ready to assume office of Ukrainian Prime Minister

    The fifth president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, announced he is ready to assume the office of Prime Minister in the event that his European Solidarity party wins in the early parliamentary elections.

    “If we win the elections, then yes,” Poroshenko said in a comment to Hromadske, as reported by Radio Svoboda.

    On June 9, the European Solidarity Party presented the first ten of its list for the early parliamentary elections which are scheduled for July 21. It included, among others: Petro …

  • President Zelensky’s representative announces plans to dismiss the heads of four government departments

    The representative of the Ukrainian President in the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during an interview on 1+1 TV channel, said that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to propose to the Ukrainian Parliament to dismiss the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko next week. He will also offer to dismiss the Foreign, Defense, and Security Ministers.

    He also noted that negotiations on new candidates for the posts continue. However, the representative of the Ukrainian President refused …

  • Ukrainian parliament simplifies citizenship application process for foreign military volunteers in Donbas

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has simplified the process to apply for a Ukrainian citizenship for foreigners and stateless persons who defended Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability.

    Two hundred thirty deputies voted to adopt draft law No. 3433. The minimum required to pass is 226.

    The law allows foreign volunteers to bypass the requirement that one must have legally resided in Ukraine for 5 years and know the Ukrainian language.

    A foreigner can attain proof of serving to protect …

  • President Zelensky submits to Ukrainian Parliament draft bill on 'illegal acquisition of wealth'

    The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky has submitted the bill on the punishment for unlawful acquisition of wealth by government officials to the Verkhovna Rada, reports the President’s press service.

    The bill of the Ukrainian President provids for confiscation of the illegally acquired assets and restoration of criminal punishment for illegal enrichment. The text of the document has not been published yet.

    In February, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine recognized the section of the …

  • Saakashvili will not participate in Ukrainian parliament elections but prepared to advise president’s team

    Former Georgian President and governor of Ukraine’s Odessa province Mikheil Saakashvili does not intend to take part in the snap parliamentary election in Ukraine, he told reporters after returning Ukraine, the Ukrainian News Agency reports.

    “I am not going to take part in the elections,” he said.

    Saakashvili said that he will “help Ukraine to become better, but in a different capacity”. He also said that he has not discussed any possible positions within President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team. …

  • President Zelensky submits draft law on impeachment to Ukrainian Parliament

    The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky submitted the bill on the impeachment of the Head of State to the Verkhovna Rada, reported Zelensky's representative in Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk.

    "President Zelensky, as promised during the election campaign, today submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on a special procedure for removing the President from office (impeachment)," he said.

    Also, Stefanchuk reminded that the Parliament has received the bill on cancellation of parliamentary …

  • Ukrainian Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against dissolution of parliament

    The Supreme Court of Ukraine has refused to consider a lawsuit that would seek to invalidate President Volodymyr Zelensky’s decree to dissolve Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, and hold snap parliamentary elections, the court posted on Facebook.

    The unnamed plaintiff claimed that the dissolution of the Rada was a violation of his rights as a voter who voted in the 2014 parliamentary elections. He also considered Zelensky’s decree an infringement of his right to nominate himself as a …

  • Ukrainian parliament rejects Zelensky’s proposal to change election system

    At an extraordinary session of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, convened by President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday 22 May, the MPs voted against the president’s proposed change to the parliamentary election system. Zelensky’s bill proposed to transition from a plurality voting system to a proportional representation system with closed party lists and a lowering of the entry barrier from 5% to 3%.

    Experts expect that the old system will still be used for the Rada’s elections on 21 …