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Former Georgian Official Joins Ukrainian Interior Ministry

  • RFE/RL

A former deputy interior minister of Georgia, Ekaterina Zguladze, has been appointed to a similar post in Ukraine.

Ukraine's Minister for Social Politics, Pavlo Rozenko, wrote on Facebook on December 17 that the Ukrainian Cabinet appointed Zguladze as first deputy interior minister.

Earlier this week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko granted Zguladze Ukrainian citizenship to make her eligible to get the post.

Zguladze helped carry out sweeping law enforcement reforms that were praised by the West under former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

Ukraine's new government, approved on December 2, includes Health Minister Aleksandr Kvitashvili, who was health minister in Georgia under Saakashvili; Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, a U.S. national who previously worked at the U.S. State Department; and Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius, a Lithuanian investment banker.

All of them obtained Ukrainian citizenship before joining the Cabinet.