DPR needs urgent election in the wake of Zakharchenko’s death – parliamentarian

September 06, 2018 11:59

Donetsk, Sep 6 – DAN. The Donetsk People’s Republic needs an urgent general election of DPR head, chairman of the Republic’s parliament committee on criminal and administrative legislation Alexey Zhigulin (Free Donbass faction) said on Thursday.

“Our Republic should keep to the legitimate track of state development; we have to take care of the legal system, it’s the proper way to secure recognition, so lawmakers have to protect any mechanism of democracy, including the right to elect and be elected,” Zhugulin said. “The only correct and lawful way out of the situation (caused by the death of DPR Head Alexander Zakharchenko – eds Donetsk News Agency) is to hold a general election of DPR head.”.

The election proposal, unanimously supported by both factions, Donetsk Republic and Free Donbass, will be discussed at the next parliament session,” he added.

An explosion ripped through the Separ restaurant in the centre of the DPR capital at around 17:00 on August 31, killing the Republic’s Head Alexander Zakharchenko and his guard. Twelve people were wounded; five of them were hospitalised and outpatient treatment was provided to another seven.

DPR Council of Ministers deputy chairman Dmitriy Trapeznikov became acting DPR head.*jk