The presidential office has asked the Cabinet of Ministers to initiate the dismissal of Vitaliy Klitschko as head of the Kyiv city state administration, a source has told RBC-Ukraine.
The presidential office is allegedly referring to the law under which local administration heads resign when a new president is elected.
"The Cabinet of Ministers has petitioned for [the dismissal of] all governors, but not for the head of the Kyiv city state administration. Now an inquiry to this effect has been sent to them. However, the head of the Kyiv city state administration may be reappointed," the source said.
The prime minister's press secretary, Vasyl Ryabchuk, confirmed the reception of this letter. It will be considered in a proper manner, he added.
Earlier, the head of the presidential office, Andriy Bohdan, said that the post of mayor and the post of the head of the Kyiv city state administration, both of which are currently held by Klitschko, may be separated.
A while ago, the parliament controlled by President Viktor Yanukovych overrode the law and gave him the right to choose who to appoint the head of the Kyiv city state administration instead of the person elected by Kyiv residents.
Vitaliy Klitschko was appointed head of the Kyiv city state administration by President Petro Poroshenko in May 2014, shortly after the Revolution of Dignity.