World Bulletin / News Desk
Ukraine's parliament Thursday has fired the powerful head of state security service after he had a disagreement with President Petro Poroshenko and became involved in a conflict with the nation's chief prosecutor.
"The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) supported my proposal to dimiss Valentyn Nalyvaychenko from his post as head of the SBU," Poroshenko tweeted after 248 lawmakers in the 450-seat chamber supported the president's formal request.
In a vote at the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada on June 18, 248 lawmakers supported President Petro Poroshenko's request to fire Nalyvaychenko.
The 49-year-old Nalyvaychenko was appointed three months before Poroshenko's May 2014 presidential election and was never seen as a supporter of the Western-backed head of state.
Nalyvaychenko also headed the SBU in 2006-2010 and is believed to have gathered immense amounts of data related to corrupt dealings of both past and present lawmakers and members of government.
His dismissal further highlights the fractured nature of Urkaine's politics and its continued reliance on clan-style alliances and battles that critics say drain away attention from far more pressing concerns.
In a report in Radio Free Liberty, Poroshenko recently tried to move him to head the foreign intelligence service in which Nalyvaychenko refused and then launched a political counter-offensive that saw the prosecutor general's office accused of covering up corruption and illegal money making schemes operated by its most senior personnel.Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 14:14