Zelensky demanded to lustrate Poroshenko and his team
The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelinsky declared the need to lustrate the top management of the country which was in power since 2014, including a team of the former Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko and him. Zelensky posted his video message on his Facebook page.
The Ukrainian President proposed a bill extending the law «On the purification of power» (lustration) to the President, deputies, Ministers and other officials who held positions from February 23, 2014, to May 19, 2019. We are talking about the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, the Prosecutor General, the Secretary of the national security Council, the leadership of defense enterprises and other officials. Poroshenko served as President of Ukraine from June 7, 2014, to May 19, 2019.
«We are accused that we want to cancel lustration. That all understood that we aren’t going to cancel lustration, we suggest to strengthen it», – Zelensky explained an initiative. He added that the document reflects only «public assessment of their activities». «I am sure that the actions of all designated persons in the future will receive a fair legal assessment,» he concluded. Zelensky explained that since his appointment as President of Ukraine traveled around the country and can not find «censorship words» after communicating with officials of different levels. «I understand this is a hopeless diagnosis. White-blue, red-white, orange, Burgundy, pink – in fact, they are all the same suit. All of the purple!» he explained.
Poroshenko has signed the law «About clarification of the power» in 2014, its Main purpose is to prevent to hold public office to those who were in power during the reign of Viktor Yanukovych, and also participated in the dispersal of protests in Kyiv at the time. The law prohibits them from holding official positions in government and local self-government bodies for five or ten years.