President may veto imperative mandate

09:49, 29 January 2007
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As it violates the Constitution of Ukraine

Victor Yushchenko may veto a law on the so-called imperative mandate for deputies of local councils, as it violates the Constitution of Ukraine, Deputy Secretariat Chief of Staff Ihor Pukshyn told a news conference on Friday, according to the President`s press-office.

First, the abovementioned law stipulates that deputies can be deprived of their status for a number of reasons. However, article 141 of Ukraine’s Constitution states that reasons to deprive deputies of their status should be defined in the law.

Second, the law applies to those elected on March 26, 2006, but no law or legal act can be retroactive, Mr. Pukshyn said.

Third, the law stipulates no defense for deputies.

“If deputies are deprived of the status without any reason, the law stipulates no possibility to appeal to court to protect their violated rights,” he explained. 

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