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Odesa deputy governor resigns

Saakashvili’s steadfast aide holds German passport.

Odesa deputy governor resigns

Deputy Head of the Odesa regional administration Aleksandr Borovik resigned as the new law on civil service prevents civil servants from having any citizenship other than Ukrainian.

"On 1 May, came into force a new law on public service. The law prohibits public servants from having any citizenship other than Ukrainian. I never hid the fact that I am a citizen of the European Union... Today I leave the civil service and quit as vice-governor of Odessa. I will remain, however, his adviser and now I can focus even more on my work of the Odessa City Council, where I was elected by 75 thousand citizens of Odessa, and where I am the only unaffiliated deputy," Borovik wrote on his Facebook page.

Borovik said the German government has granted him "an exception to the ban on dual citizenship, which is in effect in Germany", so he could work in Ukraine.

He expressed regret that the law on civil service law prohibits dual citizenship.

The Constitution of Ukraine also contains a provision that bans dual citizenship, but the law does not provide any penalties for it.