Ukraine

President dismissed Poltava RSA Head

“The issue of political will in the fight against corruption is an absolute principle for us,” Petro Poroshenko said.

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President Petro Poroshenko dismissed Valeriy Holovko from the post of Poltava RSA Head. “Today, here in Poltava, I want to announce that I signed the corresponding decree on the dismissal of Mr. Holovko,” the Head of State said during a speech at the meeting of the Regional Development Council of Poltava region. The President thanked the Government and Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman, who responded to his proposal and made a corresponding submission.

“As you know, at the beginning of this week, I have appealed to the Cabinet of Ministers with a proposal to make a submission to the President of Ukraine on the dismissal of Poltava RSA Head Valeriy Holovko. Why? Because the National Anticorruption Bureau has serious claims and reasonable suspicions against him,” Petro Poroshenko said.

According to the President, for the objective investigation, it would be better for Mr. Holovko not to hold the high government office. “This is a reasonable decision that should become a model for such occasions. This concerns trust of people. Nobody will use the “government umbrella” to obstruct the investigation,” the Head of State emphasized.

At the same time, the President stressed that the court has the upper hand: “It is only the court that can define the level of criminal liability of a person and we must create conditions for any investigation to enjoy people’s trust”.

“The issue of political will in the fight against corruption is an absolute principle for us,” he said.

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