Mayor of Kiev

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Mayor of Kiev City
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Appointer Popular vote
Term length 4 years[1]
Inaugural holder Hryhoriy Malyshevskyi

Mayor of Kiev (Ukrainian: Київський міський голова) is the elected head of the Kiev City Municipality (the capital of Ukraine) and chairperson the Kiev City Council. The mayor is elected for the term of four years.[1]

Since the resignation of the last elected Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky[2][3][4][5] in July 2012, the Kiev City Council Secretary and Deputy Mayor Halyna Hereha is the acting Mayor of Kiev.[6][7][8][9]

Decrees in power since October 2010[edit]

An October 2010 Presidential decree relieved (then) mayor of Kiev Leonid Chernovetsky of the office of Head of Kiev City Administration, while still preserving the post of mayor.[10] This lead to Chernovetsky being deprived of any official decision-making role and most power in the capital was handed over to the Head of Kiev City Administration.[5][11][12] At that time that was Oleksandr Popov who was appointed by President Viktor Yanukovych on 16 November 2010.[5][11][12] Before these amendments, the elected mayor of the Kiev City Council was automatically appointed also as head of the Kiev City City Administration.[13][10]

Chernovetsky was not seen in Kiev for several months after Popov's appointment.[5][14] But returned to the public eye early 2011.[3][10] Among the city residents of Kiev, Chernovetskyi had become extremely unpopular.[15]

Chernovetsky tendered his resignation on 1 June 2012.[16] The City Council decided on 12 July 2012 that Halyna Hereha would temporarily act as the mayor of the capital city.[16] A petition to the Ukrainian Parliament on holding an early mayoral election in the city was sent (the date of the early mayoral election is set by this parliament).[16] But as of January 2013 the Ukrainian Parliament has set no date for these elections.[17]

Elections of the mayor of Kiev[edit]

According to the Kiev City Electoral Commission, Chernovetsky won in 2006 31.83% of the popular vote, Vitali Klitschko placed second with 23.7%, and incumbent Oleksandr Omelchenko placed third with 21.2%.[18]

As of December 2006, the rating of Chernovetsky decreased to 8%.[citation needed] That is mostly due to his betrayal of those who elected him, most notably through his increasing of the price of household services (such as hot and cold running water and gas) by 340%.

Leonid Chernovetskyi won another term as Mayor of Kiev with 38% of the vote in the May 25, 2008 snap local election, called on by the Verkhovna Rada in March.[19]

The next Kiev local election (including Mayoral elections) are set for 25 May 2014.[20]

List of Mayors of Kiev[edit]

  • 2012 to present - No mayor, Halyna Hereha is serving as acting mayor until 2014
  • 2006 – 2012 Leonid Chernovetskyi
  • 1996 - 2006 Oleksandr Omelchenko
  • 1993 - 1996 Leonid Kosakivskyi[21]
  • 1992 - 1993 Ivan Saliy (President's representative)

Earlier leaders of Kiev[edit]

Chiefs of City's Executive Committee (Ukraine)
  • 1992 Ivan Dankevych
  • 1991 - 1992 Oleksandr Mosiyuk
  • 1991 Hryhoriy Malyshevskyi
Chiefs of City's Executive Committee (Soviet Union)
  • 1979 - 1990 Valentyn Zhyrskyi
  • 1968 - 1979 Volodymyr Husyev
  • 1963 - 1968 Mykhailo Burka
  • 1947 - 1963 Oleksiy Davydov
  • 1946 - 1947 Fedir Chebotariov
  • 1944 - 1946 Fedir Mokiyenko
Bürgermeister (Nazi-occupied Ukraine)
  • 02/1942 - 11/1943 Leontiy Forostivskyi
  • 10/1941 - 02/1942 Volodymyr Bahaziy
  • 9/1941 - 10/1941 Oleksandr Ohloblyn
Chiefs of City's Executive Committee (Soviet Union)
City's Governor (Ukrainian People's Republic)
  • 1919 - Ipolit Dyakov
  • 1917 - 1918 Yevhen Riabtsov
City's Governor (Russian Empire)
  • 1916 - 1917 Fedir Burchak
  • 1906 - 1916 Ipolit Dyakov
  • .....

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mahera: Elections in Kyiv may be held in May-June, forUm (13 February 2013)
    Yefremov: Kyiv mayoral election may be held before parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (27 February 2012)
  2. ^ Chernovetsky says he will no longer run for Kyiv mayor, Kyiv Post (16 February 2012)
  3. ^ a b Danilova, Maria (February 8, 2011). "Missing Kiev mayor back to work - maybe". 
  4. ^ Events by themes: Chernovetsky opened sitting of Kiev city council, UNIAN (February 24, 2011)
  5. ^ a b c d #14 Richest: Leonid Chernovetsky, 59, Kyiv Post (December 17, 2010)
  6. ^ "Рішення Київської міської ради від 12.07.2012 № 649/7986 Про дострокове припинення повноважень Київського міського голови Черновецького Л.М." (in (Ukrainian)). Kiev City Council. 12.07.2012. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Kyiv City Council accepts Mayor Chernovetsky's resignation
  8. ^ Kyiv’s hot races: City mayor vs. Svoboda activist, Kyiv Post (30 October 2012)
    Svoboda activist snatches victory in a tight race with Kyiv mayor, Kyiv Post (31 October 2012)
  9. ^ Decision on appointment of Mayor of Kyiv
  10. ^ a b c Political Risks and Political Stability in Ukraine, UCIPR (October 2010)
  11. ^ a b Popov: Activity of city council and city head limited, Kyiv Post (February 1, 2011)
  12. ^ a b Party of Regions leader: 'Pre-term mayoral elections in Kyiv are pointless', Kyiv Post (November 18, 2011)
  13. ^ Political Risks and Political Stability in Ukraine, UCIPR (October 2010)
  14. ^ Azarov asks “to find Chernovetskyi by all means”, UNIAN (January 28, 2011)
  15. ^ Poll: 80 percent of Kyivans want mayor to resign, Kyiv Post (26 March 2009)
  16. ^ a b c Hereha sends petition to parliament on holding of early mayoral election in Kyiv, Kyiv Post (19 July 2012)
  17. ^ Lytvyn: Date for mayoral election in Kyiv to be determined after parliamentary elections, Kyiv Post (29 August 2012)
    Speaker: Elections in Kyiv may be held in spring of 2013, Kyiv Post (24 November 2012)
    Klitschko party proposes holding mayoral election in Kyiv on June 3, Kyiv Post (13 December 2012)
  18. ^ "Today Chernovetsky may become the Mayor of Kiev". Korrespondent (in Ukrainian). April 14, 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  19. ^ Liang, Yan (May 29, 2008). "Ukraine's Kiev mayor wins re-election". (Xinhua). Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  20. ^ Parliament sets elections for Kyiv mayor and Kyiv City Council deputies for May 25, Interfax-Ukraine (25 February 2014)
  21. ^ Leonid G. Kosakivskyi — the former mayor of Kyiv, who was on July 10, 1994 for the first time in the history of the city elected as the result of the free democratic elections with the direct voting of all citizens of Kyiv; the People's Deputy of Ukraine (MP) of III convocation