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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has often been accused of turning a blind eye to political graft, but now he could face impeachment for corruption.
Yulia Tymoshenko, the firebrand former prime minister and a rival candidate in the 31 March presidential elections, accused Poroshenko of corruption in parliament Tuesday, saying she and other lawmakers had opened impeachment proceedings against him, Euronews reports.
Tymoshenko is currently polling third, behind Poroshenko and comedian-cum-politician Volodymyr Zelenskiy, although many voters remain undecided.
Tackling corruption poses a dilemma for any Ukrainian leader, as many senior politicians and oligarchs could be caught in the dragnet, possibly destabilizing the country still further as the conflict in the Donbas region drags on.
The European Union and International Monetary Fund have made tangible progress against corruption, together with market reforms and austerity measures, the prime conditions in order for Ukraine to be eligible for further aid.
Neither organization will be pleased by yesterday’s Constitutional Court decision striking down a law against “illegal enrichment” by officials.
The court said the law was unconstitutional because it violated the principle of presumption of innocence by requiring officials to prove the legitimacy of their assets, The Associated Press reports.
The National Anticorruption said about 65 investigations into the assets of judges and other officials would have to be closed as a result of the decision.
The ruling will be very costly, anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin wrote on Facebook.
“We can forget about IMF and World Bank money, and thus economic growth and Ukrainians’ wellbeing,” he wrote, according to the Financial Times.
The law was adopted in 2015 among other reforms that helped the government win a $17.5 billion IMF bailout package. That program was later suspended over Kyiv’s perceived lack of progress on reforms and replaced with a $3.9 billion standby program due to end in November.
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