President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested changing the law on lustration, adding to it all politicians who held governmental positions from February 2014 to May 2019. He stated this in a video announcement on his Facebook page.
“I want to share something that became painful for me. In less than two months on this post, and especially after the last couple of trips around the country, I have only one feeling – I am at the loss of words,” Zelensky said.
“Why would anyone need the MPs that do not vote for getting rid of immunity; MPs that make illegal enrichment legal and don’t come to work. What are the ministers for if they only tell Ukrainians they eat too much, build the roads only on Facebook, and then have kids in the US? What are the prosecutors for if they cannot do anything except for ruining their own health? Why would we need Yanukovych’s Minister of Economy who calls people bastards, grabs phones from other people’s hands and promises to punch them all? I believe the least we can do now is strip them of the opportunity to govern,” the President stated.
According to Zelensky’s proposal, the extended list of positions that fall under lustration would include the President of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Prosecutor General, Head of the SBU, Head of the Antimonopoly Committee and the State Property Fund, heads of the SFS and customs, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council and the heads of the defense enterprises. All individuals who held these positions from February 23 of 2014, to May 19 of 2019, would fall under lustration.
As “Apostrophe” reported earlier, Head of the Presidential Administration Andrii Bohdan falls under the law on lustration and according to certain information cannot hold his current position.