Poroshenko says law to strip Yanukovych of title of president 'unconstitutional'

President Petro Poroshenko has declared a new law that deprived Viktor Yanukovych of the title of president of Ukraine "unconstitutional."

President Petro Poroshenko has declared a new law that deprived Viktor Yanukovych of the title of president of Ukraine "unconstitutional."

Parliament exceeded its powers by passing this law, Poroshenko said in a letter to the Constitutional Court.

Thereby the Verkhovna Rada departed from "Part 2 of Article 19 of the Constitution, which prescribes that parliament act within the powers vested in it, and in manners prescribed for it, by the Constitution of Ukraine," the president said.

"For this reason, I request that the law of Ukraine 'On the Divestment of Viktor Yanukovych of the Title of President of Ukraine' dated February 4, 2015, be qualified as contravening the Constitution of Ukraine, i.e. unconstitutional," he said.

 

The title of president is a life title and can only be taken away if the president has been dismissed due to impeachment, Poroshenko said.

The legislature's powers as listed in the Constitution's Section 4, 'The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine,' and Section 5, 'The President of Ukraine' do not include stripping the president of his or her presidential title, he said.

The law 'On the Divestment of Viktor Yanukovych of the Title of President of Ukraine' was published in parliamentary newspaper Holos Ukrayiny (Voice of Ukraine) on June 17. A provision in the text of the law said it was to come into force the day after being published.

According to information on the Verkhovna Rada website, the bill that because this law had been introduced by a group of lawmakers on January 29, passed by parliament on February 4, and submitted for presidential signature on February 9.

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