Ukraine’s Government approved the draft decree of the President Petro Poroshenko on dismissal of Maksym Stepanov from his post of Odesa region governor. The relevant decision was made at the session of the Cabinet of Ministers on April 10, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.
“The Cabinet of Ministers approved the dismissal,” the Press Secretary of Ukraine’s PM Vasyl Rybchuk said.
Besides, he noted that the Government has also approved the dismissal of Kherson Region State Administration Andriy Hordeev according to the statement on resignation on a voluntary basis.
“We have agreed on his statement on a voluntary basis,” Ryabchuk added.
As it was reported, on April 8, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on resignation from the post of the Head of Odesa Region State Administration Maksym Stepanov. Some sources claim that the president wanted to dismiss due to Poroshenko’s poor results in Odesa region during the first round of presidential elections (9% of the votes). Stepanov completely ruined the work of Poroshenko’s so-called “Grid” operation, the electorate’s bribe system, in Odesa region.
In his turn, Stepanov refused to leave his post. He said that the President exceeded his authority.
On April 6, Kherson region governor Andriy Hordeev wrote a statement of resignation to Poroshenko.
Earlier, the participants of the rally “Who ordered Katya Handziuk?” demanded that Hordeev and his deputy Ryshchuk are fired.
It should be noted that till 2015, the President was appointing and firing the governors on the submission of the government.
In 2015, the Verkhovna Rada has introduced the appointment of the heads of the local administrations on a competitive basis – within the fulfillment of the commitments to the EU in exchange for financial aid in the amount of $112,742. The order of appointment and dismissal of the officials was provided by the law “On public service.”
Yet, the innovation did not last for long. In November 2017 a law which cancels the officials' dependence upon the law on public service. Since then, according to the article No. 8 of the law “On local state administrations,” the chairmen of the region state administrations are appointed by the president on the submission of the Cabinet of Ministers for the term of office of the Head of the State.