Tymoshenko Hoping Rada Will Launch Investigation Into Possible Crimes Of President Yanukovych For His Impeachment

KIEV, Ukraine -- Eponymous bloc leader Yulia Tymoshenko hopes the Verkhovna Rada will find enough votes to create a special temporary investigation commission to check whether actions of President Viktor Yanukovych involve crimes as the first step toward the impeachment.

Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko gave her position at a press conference in Ivano-Frankivsk.

The bloc leader said 150 votes are required to create special temporary investigation commissions.

"And I want to believe that our not very honest parliament will find 150 people who will vote for the creation of the special investigation commission concerning the start of the procedure," she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko said however she does not have faith that the parliament is capable of seeing the business through.

"We all should be realistic and understand that until the next parliament after the new parliamentary elections brings 300 people capable of assessing correctly and adequately all anti-Ukrainian steps of Yanukovych and until there are 300 such deputies there I think the finalization of the procedure is out of the question," said Tymoshenko.

In this connection she said ordinary people should achieve early elections to the Verkhovna Rada and the impeachment of Yanukovych.

Tymoshenko called on Ukrainians to take part in mass protest rallies against the current government.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Verkhovna Rada deputy Hryhorii Omelchenko from the faction of the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko wants the Verkhovna Rada to create a special temporary investigation commission to check whether actions of President Viktor Yanukovych involve crimes and to consider the question of the impeachment of the president.

The Constitution of Ukraine envisages that the president of the country can be removed from the post by the parliament under the impeachment procedure for the president's committing a state crime or other crimes.

The question of the impeachment of the president of Ukraine can be triggered by the majority of the constitutional membership of the parliament.

For carrying out an investigation into possible crimes of the president of Ukraine the Verkhovna Rada creates a special temporary commission which includes a special prosecutor and special investigators.

If there are justified grounds the Verkhovna Rada can charge the president with a crime by 300 votes or more.

A decision on removal of the president from the post under the impeachment procedure can be endorsed by at least 3/4 of votes after the case is checked by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Source: Ukrainian News Agency


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Maybe something in here is "lost in translation". What crimes is she expecting to find, or is she just more intent on disrupting the process of government and plunging the country into more turmoil?