Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has appointed Oleksandr Velbivets new head of Cherkasy Regional State Administration.

"Oleksandr Velbivets has worked as Chairman of Cherkasy Regional Council for three years," Poroshenko said during a working visit to Cherkasy region, according to the president's press service.

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"He has support of the president. I think he has public support. And the choice of the president is correct if you support it. Do you support it?" the president addressed the audience. The public applauded and supported the president's decision to appoint the new governor.

Poroshenko also thanked Yuriy Tkachenko, the former head of the region.

"I would like to express gratitude for everything Yuriy did in Cherkasy and for Cherkasy. We have agreed that he will have another, very responsible area of work," the president said.

UNIAN memo. Velbivets was born in the village of Lysianka, Cherkasy region, in 1976.

In 1998, he graduated from Ukrainian Transport University. In 2004, he was awarded a public administration degree after he had completed a program at the Dnipropetrovsk Regional Institute of Public Administration under the National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine.

He was elected member of Cherkasy Regional Council of the seventh convocation as a representative of the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko "Solidarity." From November 20, 2015, to November 20, 2018, he was chairman of Cherkasy Regional Council.