15:59 Oct. 26, 2016
Some lawmakers accuse Valeria Gontareva of incompetence and possible corruption
Ukraine's reform council headed by President Petro Poroshenko has condemned recent accusations against central bank chief Valeria Gontareva, saying they undermine stability at the bank, a senior Ukrainian official said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
"All present members condemned the public hounding ... which negatively affects the stability of the work of Ukraine's central bank," Dmytro Shymkiv, the deputy head of Poroshenko's administration, told reporters.
The council's defence comes after the central bank chief, who has presided over a clean-up of Ukraine's shadowy banking sector since taking office in 2014, was accused by some lawmakers of incompetence and possible corruption.
Earlier this month Head of the National Bank of Ukraine was ranked first in the list of top 100 most influential women compiled annually by Ukrainian magazine Focus.
The leader of the 2016 ranking, Gontareva, was ranked only 98 in 2012, and didn't make the list at all in 2013.