Ukraine parliament fails to include follow-up anti-corruption bill in agenda
Ukraine’s parliament failed in three attempts at its June 19 session to include in its daily agenda a bill submitted by the president that morning to set the technical conditions for the independent anti-corruption court and implement its decisions. The bill got 202, 212 and 211 votes in the three attempts, out of a needed minimum of 226 votes. Speaker Andriy Parubiy said he plans to repeat the attempt to include the bill in the agenda for the June 21 session.
Independent MP Serhiy Mishchenko submitted a bill on June 18 to amend the legislation creating the independent anti-corruption court, approved on June 7, to ensure that the court is able to review any appeals of decisions on criminal cases reached in regular Ukrainian courts. The amendment was requested by organizations such as the IMF and Transparency International.
The president and the Poroshenko Bloc want both bills to be approved on the June 21 session, faction head Artur Herasymov told MPs on June 18, as reported by the pravda.com.ua news site.
Zenon Zawada: Regardless of yesterday’s setbacks, we expect both bills will be approved by the June 21 parliamentary session, particularly after IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde cited both of them as necessary for securing the next IMF loan tranche.