Deputies of the former Opposition Platform for Life in the Rada cannot be deprived of mandates – Stefanchuk

The official demise of the Opposition Platform – For Life (OPPL) faction in the Verkhovna Rada does not affect the parliamentary mandates of its members.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk said this in an interview Ukrinform.

He explained that due to the fact that the number of people’s deputies in the Opposition Platform for Life has become less than 17, this faction, according to the Regulations of the Verkhovna Rada, ceased to exist in parliament.

“It is clear that this does not affect the deputies who were and are its members. What is it connected with? The Constitution contains a clear list of grounds for deprivation of a parliamentary mandate. We are following the path stipulated by the Constitution of Ukraine, and we cannot act in an illegal way,” Stefanchuk said.

At the same time, the speaker of the parliament expressed the opinion that the best option for the destruction of pro-Russian political forces will be demonstrated by the people of Ukraine in the next elections.

“This will be a legitimate way in which we can clear the power of pro-Rashist influences,” he stressed.

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As reported, on May 12, the Opposition Platform – For Life (OPPL) faction officially ceased to exist in the Verkhovna Rada.

According to Article 81 of the Constitution of Ukraine, the powers of people’s deputies are terminated simultaneously with the termination of the powers of the Verkhovna Rada.

The powers of a people’s deputy are terminated ahead of time in the event of resignation upon his personal application; the entry into force of the guilty verdict against him; recognition by the court as incompetent or missing; termination of his citizenship or departure for permanent residence outside Ukraine; if within twenty days from the date of the occurrence of circumstances that lead to a violation of the requirements regarding the incompatibility of the deputy mandate with other types of activity, these circumstances are not eliminated by him; non-inclusion of a deputy elected from a political party (electoral bloc of political parties) into the deputy faction of this political party (electoral bloc of political parties) or withdrawal of a people’s deputy from such a faction; his death.

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