Kyiv City Council accepts Mayor Chernovetsky's resignation (updated)

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July 12, 2012, 12:50 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

Kyiv City Council has accepted the early termination of office of Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky (in the photo) on the basis of his resignation letter.

Kyiv City Council has accepted the early termination of office of Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky on the basis of his resignation letter.

A total of 110 members of the council voted for this decision at a meeting on Thursday.

According to the council's decision, the city council secretary, Halyna Hereha, will be temporarily acting as the mayor of the capital city. The city council instructed Hereha to apply to the Verkhovna Rada asking it to call the early elections of Kyiv mayor.

In addition, the UDAR (Blow) faction and the BYT-Batkivschyna faction in the city council suggested requesting the Prosecutor General's Office conduct a probe into Chernovetsky's activities in 2006-2012. However, the council did not support this proposal.

As reported, Chernovetsky tendered his resignation on June 1.

Under the law, Chernovetsky's tenure as the mayor expired on June 3, 2012.

Chernovetsky was elected Kyiv mayor in spring 2006. In 2008, the Verkhovna Rada called the early election of the Kyiv city mayor and the head of Kyiv City State Administration and scheduled it for May 25 of the same year. Chernovetsky won the election.

Up until November 2010, Chernovetsky served both as mayor and as head of Kyiv City State Administration. Then on November 16, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych dismissed Chernovetsky as head of Kyiv City State Administration and appointed Oleksandr Popov to this post.

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