Verkhovna Rada agreed on the appointment of the current acting head of the State Bureau of Investigation, Iryna Venedyktova as Prosecutor General. 269 MPs voted in favor of the candidate. 112 Ukraine TV channel broadcasted the parliament's session.
“To agree to the appointment initiated by the President of Ukraine of Iryna Valentynivna Venedyktova to the position of Prosecutor General of Ukraine,” reads the text of the decision.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted that Venedyktova is the first female prosecutor general in the history of independent Ukraine.
“I bring forward a motion to the Verkhovna Rada to appoint Venedyktova Iryna Valentynivna to the post of Prosecutor General of Ukraine. I am convinced that, first of all, the professional and moral qualities of the candidate I propose will ensure the stable and coordinated work of the prosecution authorities, the eradication of corruption in this system and an effective investigation at the end of high-profile criminal cases... I believe that she will go down in the history of Ukraine as a professional and productive person," Zelensky said.
Note, according to Art. 40 of the Law "On the Prosecutor's Office", the Prosecutor General shall be appointed by the President of Ukraine with the consent of Ukraine's Parliament.
Earlier, MPs agreed on the dismissal of Ruslan Ryaboshapka from the position of Ukraine's Prosecutor General.
Iryna Venedyktova chaired the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy in August - December 2019. On December 28 she became the acting head of the State Investigation Bureau.