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Rada voted for the abolition of immunity in the first reading

Рада проголосовала за отмену неприкосновенности в первом чтенииThe deputies approved the waiver of immunity.

Previously, the Verkhovna Rada supported a bill to limit immunity of people’s deputies of the authorship of the President of Petro Poroshenko in the first reading and sent it to the constitutional Court of Ukraine.

To start the procedure of amending the Constitution of Ukraine concerning immunity of MPs voted 336 parliamentarians.

In addition, the Council also endorsed and sent to the constitutional court the bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the abolition of parliamentary immunity), author of the people’s Deputy Yuriy Levchenko — it was supported by 328 MPs.

Earlier, in February 2015, the Parliament has voted for the bill on amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine (re immunity of people’s deputies of Ukraine and judges), however, after amending the Constitution in terms of justice, the bill lapsed.

In October 2017, this question is again brought to the agenda of Parliament — in particular, the abolition of immunity was one of the demands of the protesters at the Verkhovna Rada.

According to the Basic law of Ukraine to amend the Constitution (and it is there in article 80 contains a provision on the immunity of deputies), first MPs need a majority of votes (at least 226) to pre-support the bill. After this, he goes to the constitutional Court of Ukraine, who checks it for compliance with articles 157 and 158 of the Constitution of Ukraine, in particular, such a change does not negate or restrict the rights and freedoms of man and citizen or not does it the abolition of independence.

After the constitutional court of Ukraine will have a positive opinion on the bill at the next session he must vote a constitutional majority — meaning at least 300 people’s deputies. If the changes relate to sections I, III and XIII of the Constitution, then the decision is approved by the all-Ukrainian referendum.

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