Zelensky appoints Saakashvili chairman of Executive Committee on Reforms
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has appointed Mikheil Saakashvili chairman of the Executive Committee on Reforms.
The head of state signed a decree to that effect, No. 169/2020 “Issues of the National Reform Council and the Executive Committee on Reforms,” on May 7, the presidential press service reported.
“I sincerely congratulate Mikheil Nikolozovich on a new responsible challenge. I believe that he will be able to give an impetus to the National Reform Council and help make important changes in the life of the country,” Zelensky said.
Under the same decree, the president appointed Oleksandr Olshansky deputy chairman of the Executive Committee on Reforms.
The press service also added that the document amends presidential decrees on a unified state policy of reforms in Ukraine, ensuring the activities of the National Reform Council and the Executive Committee on Reforms and the provisions on the National Reform Council.
The decree comes into force from the date of its publication.
On April 22, Servant of the People MP Oleksandr Kachura said that Saakashvili was being considered as a candidate for deputy prime minister for reform.
Saakashvili said that President Volodymyr Zelensky had invited him to become deputy prime minister for reform and that he had already talked to the prime minister about it.
However, it emerged later that Saakashvili was being considered as a candidate for a post at the National Reform Council.
The National Reform Council was established in August 2014 as a special advisory body to the president of Ukraine on strategic planning, coordination of positions on the introduction of a unified state policy of reforms in Ukraine and their implementation. The personal composition of the National Reform Council is approved by the president.