Natallya Kachanava appointed head of Presidential Administration

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on Wednesday appointed Deputy Prime Minister Natallya Kachanava to the position of head of the Presidential Administration.

Mr. Lukashenka also appointed Maksim Ryzhankow, presidential aide for sports and tourism, as first deputy head of the Presidential Administration.

Mr. Lukashenka gave specific tasks regarding Presidential Administration reform to the newly appointed officials, suggesting that they right-size it and reduce excessive red tape, as well as establish cooperation with all branches of government, including at the local level through presidential aides, according to the presidential press office.

Mr. Lukashenka also reportedly directed that they pay particular attention to "ideological work and personnel management."

Ms. Kachanava succeeds Alyaksandr Kosinets, who was removed from the position on December 5. Kanstantsin Martynetski was dismissed as first deputy head of the Presidential Administration on the same day. Both were dismissed "in connection with their transfer to another job."

Ms. Kachanava, 56, was named deputy prime minister in December 2014. Prior to the appointment, she had served as head of the Navapolatsk District Executive Committee since November 2007.

A university-trained water supply and wastewater engineer, she had different jobs with utilities in Polatsk, Vitsyebsk region, in the 1980s and 1990s before joining the Polatsk City Executive Committee in 2002.

She graduated from the Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus in 2006.