Ukrainian MPs want to deprive Yanukovych of president’s title
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
The MPs of Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, presented a draft law, which proposes to deprive the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, of the honorary title of president, RIA Novosti agency reported Jan. 30.
Under the Ukrainian law, the presidents of Ukraine have the honorary title of president for life.
"The title of the president of Ukraine is protected by law and is retained by him for life, unless the president of Ukraine is removed from office on impeachment," according to the country's constitution.
The draft law was published on the website of the parliament on Jan. 30. Among the initiators of the draft law there is the leader of the Radical Party Oleg Lyashko.
A coup took place in Ukraine on Feb. 22, 2014. Verkhovna Rada ousted President Yanukovych, made changes to the constitution and scheduled election for May 25, as a result of which Petro Poroshenko became the new president.
After the coup the new authorities launched a number of criminal cases with regard to the former officials.
Edited by SI