|People's Deputy of Ukraine|
November 23, 2007
|3rd Mayor of Kiev|
June 6, 1999 – March 26, 2006
|Preceded by||Leonid Kosakivskyi|
|Succeeded by||Leonid Chernovetskyi|
August 9, 1938 |
Zoziv, Lypovetskyi Raion, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc|
|Oleksandr Omelchenko Bloc|
|Children||Yaroslav (1966), Oleksandr (1968)|
Oleksandr Oleksandrovych Omelchenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Олександрович Омельченко Oleksandr Oleksandrovyč Omel'čenko) became the mayor of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, in 1999. He lost his re-election bid in March 2006. Omelchenko is now member of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) elected on behalf of Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc but expelled from that fraction in September 2011. However he voluntary left the faction the next month. Omelchenko son Oleksandr was also a member of the Verkhovna Rada on an Our Ukraine ticket from 2002 till 2007.
Omelchenko is the President of both the Association of the Cities of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Hockey Federation.
During the 1999 Kiev mayoral election, Omelchenko defeated a noted oligarch Hryhoriy Surkis, with 76 percent of the vote to Surkis's 16 percent. Omelchenko became the first elected mayor in Ukraine's modern history, with a platform highlighting his work in restoring much of Kiev's historic buildings and renovating parts of downtown Kiev.
Omelchenko was a candidate in the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, nominated by the Unity Party, which he formerly chaired. Omelchenko was the only candidate for President whose son was a deputy in the Ukrainian parliament. His program included the urgent withdrawal of Ukrainian forces from Iraq. After the Orange Revolution, Omelchenko joined the People's Union "Our Ukraine" party but did not disband his old party.
While he was running for a third term as Mayor of Kiev in what was expected to be an easy victory in the March 2006 election, he was badly defeated and came third behind Leonid Chernovetsky (mayor-elect) and Vitali Klitschko.
During the 2007 parliamentary elections Omelchenko was elected as an Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc deputy to the Verkhovna Rada. He was expelled from that fraction in September 2011 because of supporting the Azarov Government.
Honours and awards
- Hero of Ukraine (21 August 2001) for outstanding personal contribution to the Ukrainian state in the socio-economic and cultural development of the capital of Ukraine
- Order of the Badge of Honour (1982)
- Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1986)
- Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 3rd (2006), 4th (1999) and 5th (1998) classes
- Honour of the President of Ukraine (1996).
- Honoured Builder of Ukraine.
- Diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (2003).
- State Prize of Ukraine in the field of architecture (2004).
- Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry (Portugal, 16 April 1998)
- Official Verkhovna Rada website profile, Verkhovna Rada
- (Russian) Александр Омельченко, ЛІГА.net
- Events by themes: The Ukrainian parliament session 17.02.2009, UNIAN-photo service (February 17, 2009)
- People's Self-Defense faction: Twelve parliamentarians expelled from Our Ukraine, Kyiv Post (September 7, 2011)
- Omelchenko quits Yushchenko's party in parliament, Kyiv Post (October 4, 2011)
- Omelchenko overwhelmingly elected as mayor of Kyiv, The Ukrainian Weekly (6 June 1999)
- Kyiv gets first new mayor in decade, Kyiv Post (29 March 2006)
|Mayor of Kiev