“We do not choose a monarch” – Samopomich presented a draft law on the President of Ukraine

Today, the position of President is very much desirable in Ukrainian politics. At the same time, the President of Ukraine does not report to anyone and is not responsible for the powers and money that he controls and uses.

Therefore, Samopomich Union parliamentary faction has developed a draft law “On the President of Ukraine”, which establishes rules for the person holding office of the President and provides effective safeguards against abuse.

“We have a very good Constitution – the powers of the President of Ukraine are spelled out there. At the same time, nothing is said there about how he should report on the use of his powers. And what if the President has gone insane? Unlike all proper democracies, we have no law providing for the impeachment process. Therefore, we have prepared a draft law which clearly spells out the procedure. I believe in my core that it should be voted by the parliament. We do not choose a monarch with the absolute right to rule and have no responsibility for it,” says the leader of Samopomich, mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi.

Andriy Sadovyi promises to transfer the draft law to Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskyi, who will participate in the second round of presidential elections.

According to the developed draft law, the President will exercise only those powers that are defined for him by the Constitution.

– That is, he will not be able to unconstitutionally appoint the members of the National Commission for Regulation in Energy and Utilities and other regulators, heads of the SBU in the regions, etc.

– The Office of the President will be a subsidiary body and will not duplicate the powers of the government.

– The President will not be able to create any State Management of Affairs offices or other governing bodies.

– The Prime Minister will become the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council so that there will be no confrontation between the President and the Prime Minister.

– The President will be able to appoint or dismiss someone in the executive branch only with the consent of the Prime Minister.

– The President will report annually to the parliament on the funds he has used.

In addition, the draft law clearly defines the grounds and procedures for terminating the powers of the President. In particular, the processes of impeachment and determination of the insolvency of a person to exercise authority for health reasons are provided for.

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