The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has registered a bill submitted by the Cabinet of Ministers, which proposes increasing the age limit for stay in public service. The text of the document has been posted on the official website of the parliament, according to UKRINFORM.

In particular, it is proposed to allow civil servants holding the positions of the first category, by the decision of a respective public body or official who made the appointment, to extend the stay of citizens in public service after the age of 65 due to the needs of the service and with the consent of a public servant.

A law under which the age limit for civil service has been increased to 65 years came into force in Ukraine on January 12, 2012.

The initiative of the Cabinet of Ministers is interesting, because Prime Minister Mykola Azarov will turn 65 in December 2012. Regional Development Minister Anatoliy Blyzniuk is a year younger than the premier. Health Minister Oleksandr Anishchenko is 62 years old, while Defense Minister Mykhailo Yezhel will mark his 60th birthday this year.

President Viktor Yanukovych will turn 62 in July, and before the next presidential election he will be sixty-four and a half years old.

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