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Ukraine’s ruling party installs new parliament speaker after wrangle over reforms

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KYIV, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament on Friday voted to nominate Ruslan Stefanchuk, a lawmaker from the ruling Servant of the People party, because the new speaker to interchange Dmytro Razumkov after a dispute over a legislation focusing on the affect of oligarchs.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s party had this week voted to take away Razumkov, accusing him of placing his personal pursuits above these of the party, in a transfer opposition lawmakers criticised as making an attempt to silence unbiased voices. learn extra

In September the parliament, or Rada, handed a legislation that establishes a authorized definition of an oligarch and stipulates that anyone falling beneath its standards could be forbidden from financing political events or participating in privatisations.

Razumkov had been a member of Zelenskiy’s core election group when the president swept to a landslide victory in 2019.

But as speaker, he opposed the fast passage of the oligarch legislation, saying it needs to be vetted by the Venice Commission, a panel of constitutional legislation consultants of the human rights physique Council of Europe.

After his dismissal, Razumkov instructed Reuters in an interview on Friday night he was not in opposition to preventing corruption however in opposition to Zelenskiy’s model of the oligarch legislation, which gave the president and his nationwide safety council the authorized energy to outline who met the definition of an oligarch.

“It’s not normal if the authorities make decisions on who is good and who is bad for them. This is the direct conflict of interests,” Razumkov mentioned.

He mentioned the authorities had been now making an attempt to decrease parliament’s function as an establishment.

It was vital for the pinnacle of the Rada to not be only a consultant of the president’s workplace, he mentioned.

Razumkov had been suspended on Tuesday and his dismissal was confirmed by 284 votes within the 450-seat parliament on Thursday, the place Servant of the People instructions a majority.

Razumkov mentioned he’ll keep in politics however declined to say if he plans to problem Zelenskiy on the subsequent presidential election, which is due in 2024.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk, Natalia Zinets and Ilya Zhegulev; Writing by Matthias Williams and Andrey Ostroukh; modifying by Mark Heinrich

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Newly appointed Parliament Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, a lawmaker from the ruling Servant of the People party,  reacts during a session of parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine October 8, 2021. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

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