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 Rada votes down special forfeiture bill, again

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has failed to pass the bill on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine, allowing the seizure of illegal assets and funds in favor of state.

Only 176 out of 226 required votes were cast in support of the act at a plenary session on Thursday, a Censor.NET correspondent reports.

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Speaker Andrii Parubii offered to send the document for a revision by the relevant committee, but only 201 MPs supported the initiative. The votes were not enough even after the speaker voiced a proposal to send the bill for a revision by the author.

Prior to the vote, Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko urged parliamentarians to pass the law.

Maksym Burbak, the People's Front faction chair, noted that the bill was budget-forming.

Read more: Cabinet insists on special forfeiture law adoption, PM Hroisman says

The Cabinet introduced the special forfeiture bill to the parliament on Sep. 20, 2016.

According to the explanatory note, the draft law is intended to allow the seizure of unjustified assets and funds by state until the relevant criminal proceedings end.

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman claims the 2017 draft state budget includes 10.5 billion hryvnia ($390.65 million) expected to be received after the special forfeiture of funds of former senior officials totaling 40 billion hryvnia.
 
 
 
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