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New prosecutor-general approves SAPO head

Klymenko won the competition back in December.

New prosecutor-general approves SAPO head
Oleksandr Klymenko
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Oleksandr Klymenko, the winner of a competitive selection process, has been appointed head of the Specialized Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office.

He was endorsed by new Prosecutor-General Andriy Kostin, the head of the presidential office, Andriy Yermak, has said on Telegram.

"I congratulate Andriy Kostin on starting his job as the head of the PGO and Oleksandr Klymenko on his appointment as head of the SAPO. I wish you effective work. An independent anticorruption infrastructure is an important component of democracy in Ukraine," he wrote.

Kostin was approved for the post of prosecutor-general by parliament yesterday. Today the relevant decree was signed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Oleksandr Klymenko is a NABU detective who won the competition back in December last year. Andriy Synyuk, a prosecutor from the Prosecutor-General's Office, who scored 229 points, was supposed to become his deputy. However, at a meeting on 21 December, commission members refused to vote to determine the winner of the selection process and send his nomination to the prosecutor-general for appointment.

In January, Klymenko said that the human resources departments of the Prosecutor-General's Office had lost his documents. It was not until 19 July 2022 that the competition commission approved the selection results.

The post of the head of the SAPO has been vacant since August 2020, when prosecutor Nazar Kholodnytskyy resigned. Maksym Hryshchuk served as anti-corruption prosecutor.

The appointment of an independent head of the SAPO is one of the main requirements international partners have put to Ukraine.

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