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Ukraine: Court examines constitutionality of removing Yanukovych's presidential title01:21

Ukraine: Court examines constitutionality of removing Yanukovych's presidential title

Ukraine, Kiev
October 19, 2016 at 10:20 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine began proceedings in Kiev on Wednesday to determine the constitutionality of a law that strips former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych of his presidential title.

Last year, political opponents of Yanukovych including Yulia Tymoshenko and Oleg Lyashko created a bill to have Yanukovych divested of his title as president. In February 2015, Verkhovna Rada MPs voted in favour of the proposal. However, according to Ukrainian law, the presidential status is held for the lifetime of the president, unless he or she was impeached.

Current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Constitutional Court to have the law struck down as unconstitutional. Poroshenko says the law violates at least five articles of the Ukrainian constitution, and that in any case parliament does not have the power to strip a former president of their title. If the court finds the divestment unconstitutional, Viktor Yanukovych will have his presidential status reinstated.

Ukraine: Court examines constitutionality of removing Yanukovych's presidential title01:21
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The Constitutional Court of Ukraine began proceedings in Kiev on Wednesday to determine the constitutionality of a law that strips former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych of his presidential title.

Last year, political opponents of Yanukovych including Yulia Tymoshenko and Oleg Lyashko created a bill to have Yanukovych divested of his title as president. In February 2015, Verkhovna Rada MPs voted in favour of the proposal. However, according to Ukrainian law, the presidential status is held for the lifetime of the president, unless he or she was impeached.

Current Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the Constitutional Court to have the law struck down as unconstitutional. Poroshenko says the law violates at least five articles of the Ukrainian constitution, and that in any case parliament does not have the power to strip a former president of their title. If the court finds the divestment unconstitutional, Viktor Yanukovych will have his presidential status reinstated.

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