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Ukraine picks president’s ally as prosecutor after bending law

May 12
18:13 2016

Ukraine's parliament confirmed an ally of President Petro Poroshenko as chief prosecutor Thursday after ignoring EU warnings and changing the law to let candidates without legal training serve in the crucial post. The chief prosecutor's office has been widely condemned as dogged by corruption and in need of an overhaul for the former Soviet republic to move on its path toward closer European Union ties. Disgraced prosecutor general Viktor Shokin stood down in the midst of a protracted crisis that came to a head in mid-April with the resignation of prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and his replacement with Poroshenko protege Volodymyr Groysman.

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