Ukrainians need a tool to influence government: a new constitution and impeachment procedure

00:37 21.12.2017

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes Ukraine needs a new constitution that would be a fundamentally new social contract, one that destroys the monopoly on power and allows certain people to influence policy.

“Once a new president comes to power, the first thing that should be done is to adopt a law on impeachment so that there is a tool in place to remove an absolutely bankrupt president from power. The country needs a president that can be controlled, brought to account. The same applies to parliament,” Yulia Tymoshenko said on the talk show “Ukrainian Format” on channel NewsOne.

The politician recalled that according to the constitution of Ukraine, the Ukrainian people are the only source of power, but this is deceptive because “a person can only once in five years use their right to elect a president, and then have no influence over this.”

“The current Constitution of Ukraine holds a monopoly of power in the hands of one person and a handful of people around them. And the person the people brought forward through the presidential election steps on your small vote. This needs to change,” the parliamentarian said.

The head of the Batkivshchyna faction emphasized that a demonopolization of power is needed, so that “one person in the post of president can be controlled from the outside and not make decisions against Ukrainians; otherwise, this is the end of democracy in the country.”

That is why Yulia Tymoshenko said that once a new president comes to power in Ukraine, he should end the war, restore order in the country’s life, and build a system in which people can influence government between elections. This requires a new constitution that will “provide an electoral system that ensures an honest choice.”

“We don’t need rules that are imposed from outside, we need people inside who can create the new social contract, only then we can run the country against the monopoly, corruption, corrupt politicians and clan system,” the Batkivshchyna leader said.

According to the politician, both the parliamentary and presidential form of governments work well in other countries, but Ukraine needs to balance and built a system where under either system nobody can belittle the people, destroy their children’s future, turn the courts into private property.”