Rada Strips Yanukovych Of President Title

The law takes force on the next day of its publication.

The Verkhovna Rada has stripped former President Viktor Yanukovych of the head of state title.

Relevant draft law No. 1883 as a whole received votes of 283 Members of Parliament, while 226 votes enough for approval.

The law takes force on the next day of its publication.

But under Article 105 of the Constitution of Ukraine the title of the President of Ukraine is protected by law and is vested for term of life unless removed from power in accordance with the impeachment procedure.

The explanatory note says that the early termination of Yanukovych's authority was on grounds not provided for by the Constitution.

Under Article 108 of the Fundamental Law, President's powers can be discontinued ahead of time in the event of: resignation, impossibility to discharge duties for reasons of health; ousting through impeachment; or death.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, Interpol issued Red Notice for Yanukovych, wanted by the judicial authorities of Ukraine for prosecution / to serve a sentence.

Yanukovych is wanted on charges of misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by malversation, if committed in respect of an especially gross amount, or by an organized group.

On January 19, the Pechersk District Court of Kyiv granted a motion filed by the Prosecutor-General's Office (PGO), on taking into custody Yanukovych.

The PGO is preparing documents to apply law-enforcement agencies of the Russian Federation for extradition of Yanukovych to Ukraine.

On January 23, 2014, after Yanukovych's escape from Ukraine the Rada charged its Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov with the President's function, and on February 22 the parliament called a snap presidential election on the ground of Yanukovych having distanced himself from fulfilling his duties in an unconstitutional way.

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