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 Ukraine initiates PACE President Agramunt’s early dismissal, - MP Iryna Herashchenko

Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is preparing to initiate procedure to recall President Pedro Agramunt.

First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, a member of Rada delegation to PACE Iryna Herashchenko told Strasbourg correspondent for Europeiska Pravda, Censor.NET reports.

She noted that recent Agramunt's statements were fully in line with the Russian position. According to the Ukrainian MP, the PACE president also contributes to lifting political sanctions imposed by the Assembly against the Russian Federation.

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"We are concerned that a politician delegated to this position by the European People's Party is budging from the party's policy and the PACE principles in his actions. We cannot tolerate this and are already engaged in consultations with other members of our group.

"We were tackling this issue not only within EPP political group in PACE, but also with the leaders of the European People's Party who also turned out to be really concerned about Agramunt's stance," Iryna Herashchenko said.

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The Ukrainian delegation had not launched the president's recall procedure at that point but was ready to take this step.

"We are now studying the regulations to be able to formally raise this issue in PACE. Agramunt does not care of his reputation, he cares about his post. So we will hit him where it hurts - his post," Herashchenko added.

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It will be possible to legally launch the president's recall procedure only in January, during the opening of the next session, when the PACE leadership's powers will be reasserted. Tradition demands PACE to elect a new president every two years. 2016 is the first year of Agramunt's tenure. However, if the Ukrainian delegation wins significant support of the foreign colleagues, his powers may not be extended in 2017.
 
 
 
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