Senate passes amendment to end life-long immunity for lawmakers

The Senate has approved an amendment that abolishes life-long immunity from prosecution for lawmakers and Constitutional Court judges, who will now have immunity only during their time in office. The opposition controlled Senate gave the long-awaited amendment more than the necessary three-fifth majority, though some Civic Democrat senators argued that the new law is not strict enough. They suggested the immunity should only apply to lawmakers’ statements in Parliament. Since this is a constitutional amendment, it cannot be vetoed by the president.

Author: Masha Volynsky