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 "Poroshenko tried to persuade me to stay in office," - former National Police chief Dekanoidze

President Petro Poroshenko tried to talk former chief of Ukraine's National Police Khatiia Dekanoidze out of resignation.

Dekanoidze said in an interview with Hlavkom, Censor.NET reports.

"I discussed this resignation with President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman. After all, the resignation of a National Police chief, I think, is an important step. After that, I did not talk to anyone of them. By the way, the president tried to persuade me to stay in office. Of course, it does not mean that many people liked Khatiia and did not want to let her go... I think that the reason for such a proposal was that the government at that time had not reached an agreement on a candidacy of a new National Police head," she said.

Dekanoidze also said that Odesa ex-governor Mikheil Saakashvili did not know anything about her resignation: "He was unaware of that. My resignation and his resignation are not connected."

Read more: Dekanoidze's resignation was routine, discussed last year, - Interior Minister Avakov

"I announced my resignation at the press briefing on Nov. 14, after which the minister signed the letter. No other options were available as the Cabinet of Ministers had already approved my dismissal without fanfare," the former police chief said.

Read more: Ukraine's Police Chief Dekanoidze vacates seat: "My mission accomplished"

Khatia Dekanoidze, 39, started her career aged 24 as a member of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's reform team, chairing the administration of Georgia's Security Council. Later, she headed the Ministry of Education of Georgia and led the Police Academy.

In Ukraine, she initially worked as advisor to Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

On Nov. 4, 2015, she was appointed head of the National Police of Ukraine.
 
 
 
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