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Poroshenko inks law abolishing job contests for heads of local administrations

President regains the right to appoint governors.

Poroshenko inks law abolishing job contests for heads of local administrations
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President Petro Poroshenko on Monday, 13 November, signed ibto law a bill that cancels the competitive selection of chairmen of local state administrations and heads of central executive bodies.

The law was adopted by the parliament on November 9.

The legislation cancels the provisions of the law "On Civil Service" that no longer applies to chairmen of local state administrations and their deputies.

Heads of central executive bodies that are not members of the Cabinet of Ministers and their deputies are appointed and dismissed by the government.

In addition, the law amends the law On the Cabinet of Ministers by introducing a norm on disciplinary action against members of government.

The head of government will be able to initiate disciplinary proceedings against ministers and their deputies, and heads of other central executive bodies, and apply disciplinary sanctions against such persons.

In addition, the law gives ministers not leading a ministry to put draft government resolutions before the Cabinet.

In May 2016, a new version of the law on public service came into force that provided for competitive selection for public service jobs.