Poroshenko gives State of the Na­tion ad­dress

Kyiv Post - - National -

Pres­i­dent Petro Poroshenko on Sept. 7 urged par­lia­ment to keep work­ing on land, pen­sion, anti-cor­rup­tion and ju­di­cial re­forms in his state of the na­tion ad­dress. But the words rang hol­low for Poroshenko’s op­po­nents, who ar­gue that, since his elec­tion in 2014, he has been stalling the re­forms he is now loudly ad­vo­cat­ing. Poroshenko touted the on­go­ing se­lec­tion of new Supreme Court judges as a break­through in ju­di­cial re­form and claimed that “candidates who were crit­i­cized by the (Public In­tegrity) Coun­cil did not get to the fi­nal list” of Supreme Court candidates. Mykhailo Zh­er­nakov, a mem­ber of the Public In­tegrity Coun­cil, said that the claim was false. In fact, as many as 25 per­cent of the 120 judges nom­i­nated to the new Supreme Court have been ve­toed by the Public In­tegrity Coun­cil, but the ve­toes were over­ri­den by the High Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion. (Volodymyr Petrov)

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