Ukrainian parliament refuses to sack Interior Minister Avakov
The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has rejected a draft resolution on the dismissal of Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
A mere 31 out of the 297 MPs registered in the session hall voted for respective draft resolution No. 5041, while 102 lawmakers voted against it.
According to the explanatory note to the draft resolution, Avakov had once pledged to create professional and honest police.
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The authors of the draft resolution, MPs Serhiy Kaplin and Andrii Nemirovskiy, claim that the Ukrainian law-enforcement agencies under the leadership of Avakov "have demonstrated their inability to ensure security for citizens of Ukraine and fight against criminals."
Moreover, the explanatory note says that the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine and the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine "have confirmed [both] investigations into the unlawful sale of a 18.15 ha land plot in the interests of JSC Investor, which is [reportedly] affiliated to Interior Minister Avakov and facts of infringements during tenders to buy military backpacks where his immediate family members are involved."
"This situation does not contribute to the positive image of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's performance in society," it concludes.