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The election of Petro Pylypchuk as the new head of Ukraine’s Supreme Court is not likely to improve the sorry state of Ukraine’s judiciary, notorious for its lack of transparency and politically influenced decisions, analysts said.

While most experts do not question Pylypchuk’s skills and reputation as an independent figure, few believe he has the power and influence to bring change.

Pylypchuk, elected in late December, began his tenure with a statement about the need to restore the status of the Supreme Court, largely diminished after changes in 2010 stripping the court of most powers as the place of ultimate appeal.

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