Bill on destruction of anti-corruption agencies removed from agenda – MP Nayyem
The Verkhovna Rada will not consider on December 7 a bill allowing the parliament to express a vote of no confidence and dismiss the leadership of anti-corruption agencies, Ukrainian MP Mustafa Nayyem has reported on his Facebook page.
"They retreated. The bill that gave parliament the right to sole dismissal of the head of the NABU, the SAPO and members of the NACP has been removed from the agenda and will not be considered by the Verkhovna Rada," he wrote.
He also said that the secretariats of the parliamentary factions had received an updated agenda, in which there is no bill No. 7362 on amending certain laws of Ukraine regarding the provision of parliamentary control, which the Verkhovna Rada originally planned to consider on December 7.
"One day, the events of this night will go down in history textbooks. The sobriety of individual politicians, the reaction of the public, the media and personal contacts of many activists in international organizations have played an important role in this story," he added.
As reported, on December 6, the leaders of the factions of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (BPP) and the People's Front, Artur Herasymov and Maksym Burbak, submitted a bill to the Verkhovna Rada proposing that parliament be empowered to express a vote of no confidence and, as a result, dismiss the leaders of a number of newly created anti-corruption agencies.
"The Verkhovna Rada can express a vote of no confidence in the director of the State Bureau of Investigations, the deputy prosecutor general and head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office, the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, a member of the National Agency on Corruption Prevention, which entails resignation," according to the text of bill No. 7362, which was drafted by Burbak and Herasymov and tabled in parliament on December 6.
The explanatory note to the draft law said that "in cases of gross violation of the legality, extremely ineffective and incompetent activity of bodies designed to ensure the rule of law in Ukraine, specialized anti-corruption bodies, which may lead to non-observance of human rights and freedoms, it is expedient to envisage the right of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, as a representative body of the entire Ukrainian people, to consider the issue of expressing a vote of no confidence in the leadership of the abovementioned bodies."
According to the leaders of the factions, the issue of expressing a vote of no confidence in the leaders of the above bodies can be submitted for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada from the president, the Cabinet of Ministers and at the suggestion of at least a third of MPs from the constitutional composition of the Verkhovna Rada.
The draft law proposes amending the laws "On the Rules of Procedure of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine," "On the Prosecutor's Office," "On the State Bureau of Investigations," "On the Prevention of Corruption," "On the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine" and envisaging the right for the Verkhovna Rada to consider expressing a vote of no confidence in the abovementioned bodies.
According to the amendments proposed by the authors of the draft law to the law on the parliament's rules of procedure, the consideration of the issue of no confidence in the directors of the SBI, the NABU, as well as the head of the SAPO or a member of the NACP, includes a report from the initiator of the proposal to consider this issue and the rapporteur's answers to the questions of representatives of deputy factions, groups and people's deputies, a joint report from the main committee entrusted to prepare the issue for consideration, and answers from the co-rapporteur to the questions of parliamentarians.