Oleksandr Omelchenko

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Oleksandr Omelchenko
Олександр Омельченко
Oleksandr Omel'čenko
Омельченко Олександр Олександрович 2005.jpg
People's Deputy of Ukraine
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 23, 2007[1]
3rd Mayor of Kiev
In office
June 6, 1999 – March 26, 2006
Preceded by Leonid Kosakivskyi
Succeeded by Leonid Chernovetskyi
Personal details
Born (1938-08-09) August 9, 1938 (age 75)
Soviet Union Zoziv, Lypovetskyi Raion, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Ukrainian
Political party Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc[1]
Other political
affiliations
Oleksandr Omelchenko Bloc
Spouse(s) Lyudmyla[2]
Children Yaroslav (1966), Oleksandr (1968)[2]
Residence Kiev, Ukraine
Occupation Politician
Religion Ukrainian Orthodox
Signature
Website http://rada.gov.ua

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[3] but expelled from that fraction in September 2011.[4] However he voluntary left the faction the next month.[5] Omelchenko son Oleksandr was also a member of the Verkhovna Rada on an Our Ukraine ticket from 2002 till 2007.[2]

Omelchenko is the President of both the Association of the Cities of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Hockey Federation.

Political career[edit]

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.[6]

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.[7]

During the 2007 parliamentary elections Omelchenko was elected as an Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc deputy to the Verkhovna Rada.[2] He was expelled from that fraction in September 2011 because of supporting the Azarov Government.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Leonid Kosakivsky
Mayor of Kiev
1999–2006
Succeeded by
Leonid Chernovetsky