A new Constitution will give Ukrainians the right to really manage the country

10:16 10.07.2018

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes Ukraine needs a new Constitution that will change the rules and conditions of life of each citizen and open the opportunity for them to really manage the country.

“Today we should be thinking about how to change the rules and conditions of our life, and that is why we are talking about a new Constitution as a new social contract between people,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the program “Svoboda Slova” on ICTV.

According to the parliamentarian, the current Constitution of 1996 played an important role in establishing the country’s independence, but each new president tried to “mold the Constitution to his interests” as a result of which Ukrainians “got an agreement behind the people’s back where clans and political groups controlled by clans made deals with each other.”

“Society doesn’t have access to managing the country and their own lives. And while the Constitution states that the people are the only source of power, in real life this is a facade covering up the power of completely different people,” the parliamentarian said.

Speaking about the flaws of the current Constitution, Yulia Tymoshenko said that an acute problem is the lack of real supervisory bodies that today are de facto subordinate to the president. The courts, Control and Revision Office, Accounting Chamber of the Verkhovna Rada, do not work, and neither do temporary investigative commissions in parliament.

“Unless we change this situation and replace the people in power, there will be no changes. We need to adopt a new Constitution where the president does not have absolute power and supervisory bodies and power are separate,” the politician said.

“We need to create a civil society body independent of the political class that will appoint the prosecutor general, Accounting Chamber, CEC, ombudsmen, and other controlling bodies that should be independent of the president. And friends of the president and his circle should be thrown in prison not by the president, but by independent investigative supervisory bodies,” she added.