Yefremov says Party of Regions ready to vote for cancelation of parliamentary immunity
The Party of Regions has said it is ready to vote for the cancelation of parliamentary immunity and that an unfruitful vote on this issue on Tuesday was not decisive.
"With regard to parliamentary immunity, I said several weeks ago that they are trying to deceive us and let through to the second round a bill that has already been passed," the leader of the Party of Regions faction in parliament, Oleksandr Yefremov, said at a briefing on Tuesday.
He said that earlier, current President Viktor Yanukovych and Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych, when they served as MPs, had registered a bill proposing to cancel parliamentary immunity and the bill had already passed all of the necessary stages. At the same time, lawmakers are trying to pass another bill submitted by opposition MPs.
He said that Party of Regions MPs voted for proposals to abolish parliamentary immunity on Tuesday.
"We are of the view that we do need to eliminate parliamentary immunity so that there were no people of the first and second grade in the state," Yefremov said.
As reported, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on Tuesday rejected a bill of amendments to the Constitution of Ukraine on immunity from prosecution.
Only 190 MPs out of the 401 registered in the parliament's session hall supported the bill.