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Stanislav Shevchuk has been elected as the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine (CCU).

The judges elected their new chief by secret ballot, an UNIAN correspondent reports, referring to a source in the Court.

Later, the Constitutional Court confirmed that Shevchuk became the new CCU Head.

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In particular, the CCU Communication and Legal Monitoring Department told UNIAN that Shevchuk was elected chairman at the CCU special plenary session on Wednesday, February 21.

Shevchuk became a judge of the Constitutional Court on March 13, 2014. He is Doctor of Legal Sciences, Professor, and Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine. He was also an ad hoc judge of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to Ukraine.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the position of the Chairman of the Constitutional Court had been vacant since March 18, 2017, when the term in office of CCU Chairman Yuriy Baulin expired.

According to the CCU rules, a new chairman should be elected within two months following the date when the position became vacant. According to Article 148 of the Constitution, the CCU elects its chairman from its composition at a special plenary session. Now, 15 judges who are authorized to elect a new chairman work in the CCU.

Shevchuk was appointed a judge of the Constitutional Court under the quota of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, in March 2014.