Ukrainian President Petro Porosenko sacked the governor of Transcarpathia Valery Lunchenko

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ukrainian President Petro Porosenko sacked the president of Transcarpathia Regional State Administrative Office Valery Lunchenko, native of Huszt and appointed Vasil Hubal as the temporary head of the office.

Lunchenko, who has Hungarian roots, has led the office since March 2014. The 32-year-old politician has been criticized by his opponents for failing to relinquish his legislative mandate - in Ukraine parliamentarians can't hold public office.

As a governor of Transcarpathia, Lunchenko developed good relations with the Hungarian government and with the leadership of neighboring Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county.

In recent weeks, he defended the Hungarian Cultural Association of Transcarpathia (KMKSZ) and supported the formation of a new Hungarian electoral district in Transcarpathia; he even wrote a letter to the Ukrainian president lobbying for the electoral district.

The interim governor of Transcarpathia, Vasil Hubal also comes from Huszt region. He is 47-years-old and has been the chairman of the district council of Huszt since 2010; before, he worked as a businessman.

(MTI –


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