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 New draft Constitution provides for electing Prosecutor General for six years, while Rada will be unable to dismiss him, Deputy Prosecutor General Kasko says

According to the new draft amendments to the Constitution, the prosecutor general will be elected for six years. Thus, it is proposed to add one year to the prosecutor general’s tenure in office. In addition the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will not have authority to vote no confidence in Prosecutor General.

Deputy Prosecutor General Vitali Kasko told journalists during presentation of the draft amendments to the Constitution in terms of justice taking into account the recommendations of the Venice Commission, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

The prosecutor general will be appointed by the president with the approval of the parliament.

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"Today, the president appoints and dismisses the prosecutor general with the consent of the parliament as well but the parliament has the opportunity to vote of no confidence in prosecutor general by certain number of votes at present time, which consequence is the resignation from the office," he said.

According to him, this provision regarding the non-confidence motion was repeatedly criticized by the Venice Commission and European experts as they believe that "this empowerment provides the opportunity to put political pressure on the prosecutor general."

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"The prosecutor general must have a sufficient level of independence to exercise his powers after all," Kasko said.

He pronounced against the idea of electing the prosecutor general by the citizens. According to the deputy prosecutor general, the draft amendments to the Constitution also provide for the increase of the term of tenure of the prosecutor general for one year - up to six years with the possibility to be elected for no more than two terms.

Kasko also said that the prosecutors will not have powers except representation of the state's interests in court according to the new version of the Constitution.

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