President Zelensky signs motion for parliament to dismiss Ukraine's chief prosecutor
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a motion for Ukraine's parliament to dismiss Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko.
"A motion has been signed for the dismissal of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Vitaliyovych Lutsenko," deputy head of the Presidential Administration Ruslan Riaboshapka said in Kyiv on Tuesday, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
The motion is to be transferred to parliament soon, he said.
As was earlier reported, during his inauguration speech on May 20, 2019, Zelensky called on Ukraine's parliament to dismiss heads of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General's Office, and the Defense Minister.
Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, in turn, refused to resign. In early May, Lutsenko said he saw no legal or moral grounds to tender a letter of resignation. "This job isn't easy, but I do it honestly. At the moment, I see no legal or moral grounds to submit a letter of resignation, and the law on the prosecutor's office provides for a change of the prosecutor general only in two cases – when he wants to leave or when parliament wants him to leave. I do not see any legal or moral grounds for my resignation," he said.
At the same time, according to Lutsenko, if the parliament expresses no confidence in him, he will accept this. "I am ready for this," he said.
Later, Lutsenko said he would step down after the early parliamentary elections, which are scheduled for July 21, 2019, are held.