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 Poroshenko orders Rada Speaker Hroisman to look into possibility to deprive MPs of mandate for three unreasonable absences

President Petro Poroshenko has requested the Rada Speaker Volodymyr Hroisman to consider amending Article 81 of the Constitution of Ukraine regarding early termination of powers of a People’s Deputy of Ukraine in case of his/her absence without valid excuse on three plenary Rada meetings during a regular session.

This is stated in the president's reply to an e-petition regarding the need of deprivation of the deputy's mandate for three absences without good reason, Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the head of state.

"It is worth noting that the subject of the e-petition is inherent for the Ukrainian parliamentarism," Poroshenko commented. According to the president, Ukrainian laws oblige MPs to be present and participate personally in the parliamentary sessions and abide by labor discipline and norms of the deputy ethics.

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Holding MPs responsible for absenteeism in the parliament is often applied in democratic societies such as the U.S., Great Britain, Canada, Portugal, Brazil, and India.

"I addressed the Head of the Constitutional Commission, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Hroisman with a request to consider at a meeting of the working group of the Constitutional Commission on the organization of state power and decentralization amending of article 81 of the Constitution of Ukraine on early termination of powers of a People's Deputy of Ukraine in case of his/her absence without valid reasons at three plenary sessions of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine during one regular session," Poroshenko wrote.

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As reported, the petition on deprivation of the Verkhovna Rada people's deputy mandate for being absent at the meetings without reason was published on Aug. 29 and received 27,103 signatures.



 
 
 
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