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Scoop of the day: Zelensky seeks to dismiss Constitutional Court

Scoop of the day: Zelensky seeks to dismiss Constitutional Court

Constitutional Court

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has told his Servant of the People faction that the anti-corruption legislation can be restored without passing a decision to dismiss Constitutional Court judges. He insists that without restoring trust in the Constitutional Court, the country may lose a chance for any international financial assistance, as well as EU visa-free travel and international partners' support.

Exclusive: According to MP Iryna Vereshchuk, parliament plans to issue a political statement on the Constitutional Court over its controversial ruling invalidating some key provisions of the anti-corruption legislation, and to vote for a bill which restores this legislation. However, she suggested that the president's bill seeking the court's dissolution will not make it to the parliament chamber as it lacks enough votes to be passed.

Zelenskyy does not rule out that he will disband parliament if it refuses to back his bill terminating the mandate of the Constitutional Court. He added that members of the Constitutional Court who did not vote for the decision to invalidate the key provisions of the anti-corruption legislation should step down voluntarily to be able to claim seats in the court's next composition.

He once again said that the pro-Russian Opposition Platform-For Life and the For the Future group were behind the court's controversial ruling.

Government audit

Zelensky's representative in parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk, has said that findings of a government audit will be presented by the end of the week and will "reveal the state of economic development we are in".

Crimea

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has had a phone conversation with Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss the Normandy negotiations on Donbas. Kuleba invited France to join the Crimean Platform, an international format seeking to consolidate efforts on the deoccupation of Crimea.

Russia

According to the StateWatch expert group, the Russian Institute of Nuclear Research has held a special 20-year-long permit to use the Artemivsk rock salt deposit since 2007. StateWatch head Hlib Kanevskyy said that this goes to show that the system of state monitoring of Russia's potential and real influence on the Ukrainian economy is ineffective.

Coronavirus

On the morning of 2 November, Ukraine reported a daily increase of 6,754 coronavirus cases, 801 hospitalisations, 69 fatalities and 2,327 recoveries. The case total since the start of the pandemic has reached 402,194.

The Dynamo football club has confirmed an outbreak of the coronavirus in the team after six more players got infected two days before it faces FC Barcelona on Camp Nou.

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