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The Head of State signed Decree No. 462/2016 on the appointment of Yuliya Svitlychna as Chairman of Kharkiv Regional State Administration, according to the press service.

The President noted that a "very strict and competitive contest" had been held under the new law on civil service in order to appoint a person to that post.

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Poroshenko emphasized that the given appointment symbolized the emergence of a new generation formed in times of Ukrainian independence.

The President added that the whole work experience of Yuliya Svitlychna had been related to Slobozhanshchyna. "She enjoys respect, knows the region and its problems well," he said.