Ukraine’s Political System Is “Coming Apart At The Seams”

Ukraine’s political system is currently “coming apart at the seams”, said Ukrainian political analyst Viktor Nebozhenko in a comment on November 1st.

The expert states that the chain of mutual strange legal errors and political decisions of the Verkhovna Rada, the Constitutional Court and the President of Ukraine has led to a sharp aggravation of the political situation in the country – “to the delight of our insatiable and playful oligarchs and their foreign partners”.

“On the other hand, it is clearly visible that someone, taking advantage of Zelensky’s inexperience, is skillfully pushing the President of Ukraine to commiting desperate actions that are supposed to miraculously restore the respect and trust Ukrainian society has towards him. It’s so easy – from the role of a talented artist of the original genre, who happily became the ‘people’s’ president of Ukraine, to the role of the last ‘true’ dictator in Europe, instead of Lukashenko, and thereby alienate the west,” Nebozhenko said.

However, the analyst suggests that, in case the constitutional crisis in Ukraine further escalates, authoritarian power may fall not to President Zelensky, but to some “other person” or “group of friends”.

“It will be a local Ukrainian Politburo or Directorate where President Zelensky is destined to have an unenviable role,” Nebozhenko predicts.

Now in Ukraine politicians are discussing the statement made by the Venice Commission to the country’s authorities that the termination of the powers of judges of the constitutional court, even for a good reason, is a “blatant violation”.

In particular, the deputy of parliament and head of the political council of the partyOpposition Platform – For Life Viktor Medvedchuk noted that the illegal decision of the president Zelensky to interfere in the work of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and the non-implementation of its decisions is clearly aimed at depriving the judiciary of independence and punishing its judges — “and the reaction of Europe to the situation with the CCU was not long in coming”.

The politician stressed that Zelensky’s entourage seeks to hide their desire to destroy the independence of the judicial system.

“Zelensky and his team want the judicial system to become pocket-sized for certain ‘agreements’ with the G7 ambassadors, the European Parliament and other persons who, like the President of Ukraine and the Verkhovna Rada, do not have any powers to dissolve the Constitutional Court and terminate the powers of its judges, and numerous statements about this are cynical manipulation,” Medvedchuk said.

Quoting from the letter of the Venice Commission addressed to the Ukrainian government, the politician noted that the President of Ukraine was clearly shown that there are gross violations of the constitution in his actions.

“The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) published a letter to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmitry Razumkov, in which it spoke extremely negatively about Zelensky’s bill: ‘Trust must be earned, but this can only be done in a system that respects the constitution and the rule of law. The termination of the powers of judges is a gross violation of the constitution and the fundamental principle of separation of powers. A violation of the constitution, even for a good reason, cannot lead to a culture of constitutionalism and respect for the rule of law, which is also observed in the fight against corruption’,” the letter of the Venice Commission says.

Medvedchuk noted that the Venice Commission has every reason to talk about gross violations of the Constitution of Ukraine in this case.

“Thus, article 1512 of the Constitution of Ukraine clearly states that ‘decisions and conclusions adopted by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine are binding, final and cannot be appealed’. A decision to dismiss a judge of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine may take place only in accordance with the procedure established by article 1491 of the Constitution of Ukraine. Termination of the powers of judges of the Constitutional Court is carried out by a vote of at least 2/3 of the judges of the Constitutional Court. There is every reason to consider the legislative initiative of the President, the actions of members of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, and the government of Ukraine as illegal interference in the activities of the constitutional court, non-compliance with its decisions, and these actions, as well as the assessment of court decisions that have entered into legal force, contain signs of crimes under articles 109, 344, 376 and 382 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” said the chairman of the political council of the “Opposition Platform – For Life” party.

In conclusion, the opposition leader stressed that it is impossible to allow the usurpation of power in Ukraine.

“I am sure that the decision of the Venice Commission should be a cold shower for the President of Ukraine Zelensky and his entourage. The conclusion of the Venice Commission is clear: the termination of the powers of judges is a blatant violation of the constitution and the fundamental principle of separation of powers. We must not allow the establishment of a dictatorship of right-wing nihilism in the country and actions aimed at usurping power,” Medvedchuk concluded.

Recall that the political crisis in relation to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine occurred after the court made a decision – announced on October 27th – that recognised a number of “anti-corruption” reforms and decisions as illegal. In response, after a meeting of the National Security Council, Zelensky submitted to the Rada a draft law on the termination of the powers of all constitutional judges, although by law neither the president nor the parliament has such powers. On October 31st, the president’s representative to the Constitutional Court, Fyodor Venislavsky, confirmed on Ukrainian television that, despite the position of certain western institutions, the termination of the powers of judges of the Constitutional Court is the only possible way out of this situation.

Earlier, Medvedchuk said that by opting for humiliating creditors’ demands and spitting on the interests of its own citizens, the government once again proved that the Ukrainian government’s centers for managing decisions are located in Brussels and Washington, and certainly not in Kiev.

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