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15 January 1999
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Personnel Changes In The Ukrainian Government

On January 14, 1999 Prime Minister Valeriy Pustovoitenko announced several personnel changes among the members of the Cabinet of Ministers as a part of the administrative reform currently underway in Ukraine.

Mr. Volodymyr Kuratchenko, former governor of the industrially developed Zaporizhzhya region, [replaces] Mr. Anatoliy Holubchenko as the First Deputy Prime Minister in charge of energy issues. He will also stand in for the prime minister in his absence. Until his appointment as the head of the Zarizhzhya Region Administration, Mr. Kuratchenko was a Deputy Minister for Machine-building, Military-Industrial Complex and Military Conversion.

Mr. Mykhailo Hladiy, born in 1952 in the village of Strilkiv, Lviv region, and a former governor of this western reform-minded region, was appointed to a newly created post of Deputy Prime Minister for Agriculture with a task to speed up market reforms in the important sector of Ukraine’s economy. In 1996-97, Mr. Hladiy was responsible for the agricultural issues department in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Mr. Stepan Semchuk will replace Mr. Hladiy as the head of the Lviv Region Administration. Until now he was the head of the Lviv Region Rada.

Further changes have been announced on January 15, 1999. Mr. Valentyn Zaichuk, 49, former deputy director of the Kyiv Research Institute under Ukrainian Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, was named a new Minister for Education replacing former minister Mykhailo Zgurovskiy.

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