Ukrainian lawmakers have voted to remove Dmytro Razumkov from the post of the Verkhovna Rada chairman.
A total of 284 members of the Verkhovna Rada, including 215 lawmakers from the ruling party, voted to dismiss Razumkov on October 7.
Razumkov was a member the Servant of the People party until he assumed the post of parliament speaker in 2019, months after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was elected.
On October 2, Servant of the People MPs collected 150 signatures needed to initiate Razumkov's removal from the post. According to Yuliia Paliichuk, spokeswoman for the Servant of the People faction, a total of 197 signatures were collected under the collective initiative of MPs to remove Razumkov from the post of parliamentary speaker.
The procedure for removing Razumkov from the post of the Verkhovna Rada chairman was launched on October 4 on the basis of a motion filed by David Arakhamia, head of the parliamentary faction of the Servant of the People. During a plenary meeting on October 5, MPs suspended Razumkov from holding plenary meetings for two days.
After his dismissal, Razumkov announced that he will remain in politics.
The Servant of the People party proposed a deputy speaker, Ruslan Stefanchuk, for the post. The other candidates are Yaroslav Zheleznyak of the Holos (Voice) party, Oleksiy Honcharenko and Yana Zinkevich of the European Solidarity party, and an independent member of the parliament, Heo Leros.