G7 envoys express disappointment at Ukraine’s failure to elect anti-graft agency chief

22 December 2021, 09:31 PM
G7 envoys express disappointment at Ukraine’s failure to elect anti-graft agency chief (Photo:US Embassy in Kyiv / Facebook)

G7 envoys express disappointment at Ukraine’s failure to elect anti-graft agency chief (Photo:US Embassy in Kyiv / Facebook)

The Group of 7 Ambassadors’ Support Group for Ukraine is “disappointed by the refusal of the selection committee to elect a new head of Ukraine’s Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO),” the diplomats wrote on Twitter on Dec. 22.

“This further delay is unjustified & contradicts Ukraine’s commitments to appoint a permanent head,” the diplomats said in a tweet.

They encouraged the selection commission to reconvene as soon as possible to certify the process.

“SAPO, like all independent anti-corruption institutions, needs strengthening to deliver the rule of law and effective fight against corruption,” the diplomats said.

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A selection committee on Dec. 21 almost elected Oleksandr Klymenko, a former detective of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), as the new head of SAPO.

However, five members that were appointed by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, rejected Klymenko’s candidacy. The meeting was postponed, but a new date has not been publicly announced.

Ex-SAPO chief Nazar Kholodnytskyi resigned on Aug. 21, 2020. Maksym Hryshchuk was tapped as acting head.

The election of a new SAPO head has been dragging on for 15 months.

In October, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine stated the United States and the European Union were “very disappointed by the incomprehensible and unjustified delays” in the election of a new head for the anti-corruption agency.

The International Monetary Fund, in its updated Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies with Ukraine, called for the election of a new head by early December 2021.

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