Party of Regions demands immediate resignation of Interior Minister Lutsenko

13:54, 07 May 2009
Politics
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A statement was issued today

The Party of Regions calls on Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko and President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko to immediately allow the resignation of Yuri Lutsenko from the post of Interior Minister of Ukraine.

A respective statement of the Party of Regions concerning the drunken incident with the Ukrainian Minister, which happened in Frankfurt on May 4, has been forwarded to UNIAN.

According to the Party of Regions’ statement, “Yuri Lutsenko disgraced Ukraine with a dirty scandal, discredited the name of a Ukrainian governmental official, and made the world speaking about our state as about that ruled by drunkards and squabblers on the eve of the Summit on Eastern Partnership”.

“In the case with Yuri Lutsenko, we must not wait until the regular election”, the statement emphasizes.

The Party of Regions also believes that the parliament should express its opinion too. “The shameful incident with Yuri Lutsenko must get a respective assessment of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine”, reads the statement.

The Party of Regions faction calls on all parliamentary factions to repulse such high officials, who damage the image of Ukraine, disgrace the country and its nation.

As UNIAN reported earlier, according to Deutsche Welle, referring to Bild newspaper, Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuri Lutsenko spent half a day in a police station at Frankfurt airport. The Minister and members of the Ukrainian delegation in a state of acute alcohol intoxication were detained by police. According to Bild, the plane captain refused to take off with such drunken passengers. In response, Lutsenko allegedly "took offense, started shouting and hurling his mobile phone." Police had to detain the passengers, one of whom, the 19-year-old son of the minister, Alexander, was allegedly incompliant and as a result was handcuffed, media reported.

At the same time, on Wednesday, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has dismissed Western media allegations that Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and members acted improperly at Frankfurt airport in Germany. According to the information of the Ministry, on May 4, the Interior Ministry`s delegation was detained at the Frankfurt airport during document checks and missed the flight, with the plane crew refused to take them on board. The delegation decided to catch the next flight. "There were no handcuffs, no drunken conflict," the department said.

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