Ukrainian President signs lustration bill into law
MOSCOW, October 9 (RAPSI) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the so-called lustration law, under which about one million Ukrainian officials would be screened, the president’s press office announced Thursday.
On September 17, the Ukrainian parliament passed the bill, which provides for blacklisting officials suspected of power abuse under President Viktor Yanukovych, in the second and final reading. Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said about a million officials from different levels of government, including the cabinet of ministers, face screening and removal from their posts under the lustration bill.
The Verkhovna Rada speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, signed the bill on September 25 and sent it to the president for his signature.
Removal of corrupt officials is one of the basic demands of the Maidan protesters, who formulated the criteria for creating a national confidence government in February 2014. Accordingly, candidates will not be accepted if they are on the list of Ukraine’s 100 richest people, hold a leading position of executive authority, worked in the Yanukovych administration, or are guilty of human rights violations or corruption.