Rada sacks MPs who voted for January 16 ‘dictatorship laws’ from senior committee posts
Parliament voted on Thursday to remove from senior posts on its committees any MPs who voted for the January 16 “dictatorship laws” that curbed civil rights in the country and gave more powers to former President Viktor Yanukovych.
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a resolution amending its resolution of December 4 "On the election of the president, first vices, vice-chairmen, secretaries, members of committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the eight convocation."
A total of 264 deputies out of 349 registered in the session hall have voted for the decision.
According to the resolution of the leader of the Radical Party Oleh Liashko, MPs who voted for the infamous “dictatorship laws" of January 16, would lose their posts of the first deputies, deputy chairmen and secretaries of parliamentary committees.
The following MPs lost their positions: Serhiy Labaziuk - deputy chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations; Hennadiy Bobov - deputy chairman of the Committee on Agrarian Policy and Land Relations; Andriy Derkach - first deputy chairman of the Budget Committee; Volodymyr Katsuba - first deputy chairman of the committee on economic policy; Mykhailo Poplavskiy - Secretary of the Committee on Science and Education; Viacheslav Boguslaiev - deputy chairman of the Committee on National Security and Defense; Andriy Shypko - deputy chairman of the committee on health issues; Viktor Razvadovskiy - deputy chairman of the Committee on Taxation and customs policy; Oleksandr Feldman - deputy chairman of the Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations; Anton Kisse - deputy chairman of the committee on legal policy and justice; Anatoliy Hyrshfeld - deputy chairman of the Committee on Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship; Viktor Bondar - deputy chairman of the Committee on Rules and Organization of the Verkhovna Rada; Vladyslav Atroshenko - deputy chairman of the Committee on Transport; Ihor Shkyria - deputy chairman of the Committee on Transport; Leonid Klymov - first deputy chairman of the Committee on fiscal policy and banking.
At the same time all of these deputies are expected to be elected as ordinary members of the respective committees.
The decision comes into force from the date of its adoption.
During the consideration of the draft resolution, MP from the Bloc of Poroshenko party Mustafa Nayyem proposed to remove Oles Dovhiy, an independent MP, from the post of the deputy chairman of the parliamentary committee on economic policy.
Member of the deputy group Volia Narodu Viktor Bondar said that the members of his team were ready to leave their leadership positions in the committees.
However, during the voting on the above-mentioned resolution, Rada Speaker Volodymyr Hroisman did not say if these proposals had been taken into account.
In addition, while reporting on the draft of the resolution, the first deputy chairman of the parliamentary rules committee Pavlo Pynzenyk said that the MP Andriy Shypko didn’t hold a senior position in the Committee on Health, but was an ordinary member of the committee.