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Judge Olena Tanasevych has been elected chair of Ukraine's High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC).

The decision was taken by secret ballot at a meeting of HACC judges on May 7, an UNIAN correspondent has reported.

Twenty-three voting judges supported Tanasevych, 10 voted for Olha Salandiak. Five judges did not support any of the candidates.

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The minimum required number of votes should be 20. Tanasevych was elected at the third attempt during the May 7 vote.

She was elected for three years and her term should not be longer that a judge's term in office.

Acting Head of the HACC Oleh Pavlyshyn earlier predicted the court might start working tentatively in August or September this year.

"Tentatively... there are two dates: August, September," he told journalists, answering a question about the date when the court should start working.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Verkhovna Rada on June 7, 2018, adopted a draft law, submitted by the president, on the High Anti-Corruption Court. The document establishes that the HACC is a permanently functioning specialized court, part of Ukraine's judiciary. Twenty-seven judges shall be appointed to the HACC and 12 to the Appeals Chamber.

The HACC's judges and those of the HACC Appeals Chamber took an oath on April 11, 2019.