The Ukrainian Parliament on Thursday voted for the appointment of a new Prosecutor General of the country. President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has submitted this post on the candidacy of Yuriy Lutsenko, the leader of the faction Block Petro Poroshenko in Parliament.
“For” approval of Lutsenko voted 264 deputies (with 226 required). President Poroshenko in the audience immediately signed the decree appointing him, and Lutsenko was sworn in. Some MPs this act was met with cries of “shame!”.
The law for the Prosecutor
Lutsenko has no higher legal education, which was necessary in order to hold this post. In order to resolve this conflict, Parliament on Thursday passed a law abolishing this rule. The law was immediately adopted in all the readings, promptly signed by the President and published in the extra issue of the official newspaper “Voice of Ukraine”. A successful vote on Thursday was preceded by two failed attempts passed a law (in late April and 11 may).
Such haste was considered a violation of the rules, the deputies of the Radical party, Oleg Lyashko. Criticized the law and members of the President’s faction Serhiy Leshchenko and Mustafa Nayem. “Yuriy Lutsenko rushes to the attorney General by the votes of the odious oligarch, whose debts to the budget is about 20 billion hryvnia (Igor Kolomoisky), — wrote to Leshchenko in Facebook. He commented on the vote considered close to the businessman of the parliamentary group “people’s Will”.
“For the convictions went to the scaffold”
To submit its candidate to the Parliament was attended by President Petro Poroshenko. Radical party welcomed him with shouts of “ganba” (shame). Poroshenko said that since the dismissal from the post of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin has been two months and to delay the issue of the appointment of the Prosecutor General is impossible.
Shokin disdasha to criticize the President did not. He Pointed out that the Agency were planned update personnel, but to reform the Prosecutor General is possible only with the change of the public Prosecutor.
“He has more moral authority to demand justice. He for his beliefs went on a scaffold”, presented Lutsenko Poroshenko. Lutsenko took an active part in the “Orange revolution” and the events Evropidan. After winning the presidential election, Viktor Yushchenko and the formation of the government of Yulia Tymoshenko twice served as Minister of the interior (2005 to 2006 and from 2007 to 2010). After coming to power in 2010, President Viktor Yanukovych has been accused of misappropriation of property. The prosecution proved that being the Minister of internal Affairs he contributed to the accrual of an illegal pension to his driver, the allocation of housing to him, and enroll him in the Department of operational services, and other abuses. In 2012, he was sentenced to four years and confiscation of property. But a year later was pardoned by Yanukovich. After the flight of Yanukovych March 2014, the court removed his criminal record and declared rehabilitated as a political prisoner.
Poroshenko is convinced that the former on independence Lutsenko will demand justice.
Lutsenko, in his speech assured that the attorney General is “not for glory”. He also touched on the adoption of “under it” law. “I understand that this is not Pavlina practice,” — said Lutsenko. Its a necessity, he explained that the President and the society have not found another person, whom could trust.
For attorney General Lutsenko poobear to have an open, albeit in absentia, the court, against Viktor Yanukovych and his supporters, and funds can be returned to Ukraine, will be used to increase the salaries of employees of the Prosecutor’s office.
He also promised to review the investigation of events in Odessa fire in the trade unions building on may 2, 2014).