Constitutional Court not going to disrupt Zelensky's inauguration

Constitutional Court not going to disrupt Zelensky's inauguration

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The head of the Constitutional Court will in any case take part in the oath-taking ceremony for Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky in the Verkhovna Rada.

A respective statement has been published on the website of the court, Ukrinform reports.

"Expressing deep concern about the spread of information regarding the possible disruption of the inauguration of the newly elected president of Ukraine and its manipulative use, judges of the Constitutional Court declare that the Constitutional Court will in no way create any obstacles to the procedure for administering an oath to the newly elected president in accordance with Article 104 of the Constitution of Ukraine," the statement reads.

It notes that administering an oath to the newly elected president is the constitutional duty of the head of the Constitutional Court, which "will be performed."

"Any manipulation by the head of the Constitutional Court to perform this constitutional duty is unacceptable, as well as the creation of a situation when the procedure for administering an oath to the newly elected president will be impossible or postponed due to the absence of the head of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine," the statement reads.

It says that media reports have recently pointed to the possible disruption of the inauguration of the newly elected president due to the dismissal of Stanislav Shevchuk, the head of the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court assures that this information is not true and is a purposeful insinuation in order to destabilize the socio-political situation in the country.

A well-informed source at the Constitutional Court told Ukrinform that a respective statement had been adopted at a meeting for the holding of which the court's agenda for Thursday had been canceled.

At the same time, this statement was not supported by the current chairman of the court, Stanislav Shevchuk, as well as judges Vasyl Lemak, Viktor Horodovenko, and Oleh Pervomaisky.

Most judges of the Constitutional Court initiated the holding of the specified meeting due to reports in the media that the team of outgoing President Petro Poroshenko is allegedly preparing to postpone the inauguration of Volodymyr Zelensky by dismissing Stanislav Shevchuk as chairman of the Constitutional Court. According to the procedure, the new president takes the oath in the Verkhovna Rada with the participation of the head of the Constitutional Court.

The Central Election Commission (CEC) counted 100% of ballots in the second round of presidential elections. Volodymyr Zelensky won 73.22% of the vote, while Petro Poroshenko received 24.45% of the vote. The CEC must announce the final results of the presidential run-off by May 1.

After that, the results must be officially published in the Holos Ukrainy and Uriadovy Kurier newspaperі.

Zelensky's campaign headquarters said earlier that the inauguration could take place on May 28. According to law, this should happen no later than June 3.

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