Competitions for the posts of oblast and rayon state administrations governors are cancelled as of today. This makes the head of state an absolute ruler of oblasts and rayons, Radio Svoboda reports Nov. 15.
Especially dangerous is the fact that these officials, now being appointed by the incumbent alone, may be members of political parties, something that will increase their dependence.
Experts predict that they will belong to a single party, the pro-presidential one. This makes the officials political players, Radio Svoboda says.