Poroshenko signs decree dismissing Shokin as Ukrainian Prosecutor General

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree approving the resignation of Viktor Shokin from the position of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. He discussed this during an interview with Ukrainian TV channels.

"I would like to emphasize that after the vote last Tuesday, we received the documents from the Verkhovna Rada, and the decree on Viktor Shokin’s resignation from the post of Prosecutor General was signed," the President said.

"The necessary consultations concerning a new candidate will be conducted with the Parliamentary factions and I am sure that by next week our country will have a new Prosecutor General. I emphasize, he should be honest and a man of principle," Poroshenko added.

The President also expressed hope that the new Prosecutor General "will be able to take on the in-depth reforming of the Prosecutor’s office."

"We have started this process," Poroshenko noted and mentioned the establishment of the Bureau of Investigations, a specialized anti-corruption division in the Prosecutor’s office, as well as the future establishment of an Inspector General and an Internal Security Service of the GPO.

On the 29th of March, the Verkhovna Rada agreed on Viktor Shokin’s dismissal; a resounding 289 votes were in favor. Now, Yury Sevruk, his first deputy, will serve as interim Prosecutor General.

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