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    The Ukrainian parliament confirmed on Thursday President Viktor Yanukovych's nominee, Viktor Psonka, as the country's prosecutor general.

    The Ukrainian parliament confirmed on Thursday President Viktor Yanukovych's nominee, Viktor Psonka, as the country's prosecutor general.

    Yanukovych dismissed Prosecutor General Oleksandr Medvedko on Wednesday and proposed Pshonka, who had been first deputy prosecutor general since June, as his replacement. Medvedko's term had been due to expire on Thursday.

    Pshonka's appointment was approved by 292 members of the country's 450-strong parliament.

    Medvedko was Ukrainian prosecutor general in November 2005-April 2007, and then served as a deputy to Prosecutor General Svyatoslav Piskun until June 2007, when he returned to the top position with the support of Yanukovych, then Ukraine's prime minister.

    Under Medvedko, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office was accused of failing to investigate a resonant murder of prominent Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze in September 2000 and the poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko, a former Ukrainian president, during the 2004 election campaign.

    KIEV, November 4 (RIA Novosti)

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