Bohdan writes letter resigning as Presidential Office head - media

Photo: President.gov.ua

Photo: President.gov.ua

Presidential Office of Ukraine Head Andriy Bohdan

Presidential Office of Ukraine Head Andriy Bohdan has reportedly written a letter of resignation, a source of the Kyiv-based Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on August 1, 2019.

" The statement was submitted the president on Thursday, " the source told the agency. 

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Source: Ukrayinska Pravda

Andriy Bohdan accompanied Volodymyr Zelensky 's campaign to become Ukraine 's president from the start, acting as his legal advisor. Zelensky on May 21, 2019 appointed Bohdan as head of the Presidential Administration, which was later renamed the Presidential Office of Ukraine. Sources of the Kyiv-based Zerkalo Nedeli (Weekly Mirror) at the time said U. S. State Department Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker expressed reservations about naming Bohdan to the post.

Bohdan has worked at Ukraine 's leading law firms since the early 2000s, first at the law firm Pravis and as an assistant judge of the Kiev Court of Appeal. In 2004, he became a partner in the law firm Pukshin and Partners. In 2007, he became managing partner of the law firm Legal Advisers (in 2009, the company returned its former name — Pukshin and Partners ).

Bohdan is an experienced politician. He ran for the Verkhovna Rada twice: in 2007 on the Our Ukraine-People ’s Self-Defense ticket and in 2014, on Bloc of Petro Poroshenko Solidarity ticket. But he did not receive a member of parliament mandate.

Bohdan 's public service career, meanwhile, was more successful. From 2007 to 2010, he worked as Deputy Justice Minister.

Bohdan 's biography has its controversial moments. From 2010 to 2014, he worked in the government of Mykola Azarov as the government commissioner for anti-corruption policy. For this, he was subject to the law on lustration and formally was not allowed to occupy government posts and work in government bodies. Zelensky dismissed Bohdan from the post of head of the Presidential Administration, and by the following decree appointed him the head of the newly created Presidential Office of Ukraine.

In 2014, Bohdan became an adviser to entrepreneur Ihor Kolomoisky, whom ex-President Petro Poroshenko that year appointed to head the Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration.

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