Ukraine's MP stripped of citizenship may still attend Rada meetings – CEC

13:40, 10 May 2017
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Ukrainian MP Andriy Artemenko, who has been deprived of Ukrainian citizenship by a presidential decree, will be able to visit the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine until the deputies vote for the deprivation of his mandate, said Deputy Chairman of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Andriy Mahera, 112 Ukraine reports.

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"According to Article 81 of the Basic Law of Ukraine, the termination of the citizenship of Ukraine does not actually lead to the early termination of the powers of the people's deputy. In this regard, the Verkhovna Rada should vote, adopt a resolution of at least 226 votes of people's deputies so that such powers of the people's deputy are terminated early," Mahera said.

It is also noted that the CEC may approve the next candidate on the list as the elected deputy after Artemenko is formally deprived of his deputy mandate.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the State Migration Service reported on May 5 that Andriy Artemenko was stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship by a corresponding decree of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Andriy Artemenko came into a global spotlight as he reportedly tried to present to Donald Trump's team a so-called "peace plan" providing for a Ukrainian referendum on leasing Crimea to Russia for 50 or 100 years and amnesty for most of the militants in Donbas, along with the withdrawal of Russian forces from eastern Ukraine. 

This was all done behind the backs of Kyiv, the State Department and most everyone else, NYT wrote.

The Kremlin denied it was aware of the plan, while the Ukrainian government was livid, and prosecutors in Kyiv are probing Artemenko whether he has committed treason.

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