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Ukrainian President Nominates New Prosecutor-General

President Viktor Yushchenko (file photo) (epa) 1 November 2005 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko plans to nominate Oleksandr Medvedko as the country's new prosecutor-general.

Presidential spokeswoman Irina Gerashchenko says Yushchenko has asked lawmakers to support his candidate. Medvedko currently is deputy prosecutor-general.

Yushchenko had previously nominated Vasyl Prysyazhnyuk, another deputy prosecutor-general, to the post, but he withdrew the nomination yesterday.

No reason was given.

Yushchenko sacked the previous prosecutor-general, Svyatoslav Piskun, earlier this month. Piskun has appealed his dismissal.

A Kyiv district court considering Piskun's appeal will hold its next hearing on 8 November.


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