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Chances of adoption by parliament of law securing appointment of NABU head by Cabinet are high – Razumkov

KYIV. Sept 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) – Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Dmytro Razumkov believes that the chances of the adoption of a law by the parliament, giving the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine the prerogative of appointing the head of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) are high.

"I think the chances are quite high," Razumkov said in an exclusive interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, answering the question whether the parliament will adopt a law in which the appointment of the head of NABU is the prerogative of the Cabinet of Ministers.

He recalled that the draft law on NABU, which later became a law, initially had problems with compliance with the Constitution of Ukraine.

"We received the decision of the Constitutional Court, which was largely justified – the powers of both the president and the Verkhovna Rada are clearly written out in the Constitution, and they certainly do not have such powers as the appointment of the head of NABU," the speaker noted.

According to Razumkov, further there were two ways of development of events, which are currently under consideration in the Verkhovna Rada.

"The first is the transfer of this functionality [appointment of the head of NABU] to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. That is, everything remains as it is, selection takes place on a competitive basis, after that the formal function in this situation, may the Prime Minister forgive me, is performed by the Cabinet, which appoints the head of NABU for the post," said the head of the parliament.

Razumkov stressed that the second way is to amend the Constitution, and it is more difficult and time-consuming.

"The second way is more difficult, and I believe in it less and less every day – these are changes to the Constitution. This will take at least six months, or even more. Both the Verkhovna Rada, which participates in the selection, and the president can be involved in the appointment of the head of NABU. Or, for example, the second option – the Verkhovna Rada appoints on the proposal of the president, but also after a competitive procedure. Therefore, the first way to consolidate the independence of anti-corruption bodies is closer to me, more understandable," Razumkov said.