Ukraine’s parliament agrees on new government headed by Groysman

Thu 14 Apr 2016

Ukraine’s parliament agrees on new government headed by Groysman

On April 14th, the two largest political parties reached an agreement on a government headed by former parliament speaker and ally of President Petro Poroshenko, Volodymyr Groysman.

Groysman was approved as new Prime Minister with 257 votes in favour, while a majority is of 226 is needed. The new coalition of the two largest parties (Petro Poroshenko’s bloc and People’s Front) will together have 227 votes, which is more than the minimum of 226. Before the vote Groysman said: "I understand the threats that face us. In particular I would like to highlight three threats: corruption, ineffective governance and populism, which do not pose less of a threat than the enemy in eastern Ukraine." He referred with this statement to the Russia-backed separatists. Groysman also said he wants to strength ties with the EU.

This new coalition could end months of political unrest and corruption allegations that hinder the progress of derailed negotiations with the IMF for a new 1.7 billion USD loan to prop up the country’s economy. Economic reforms are a condition for the programme of the IMF. President Poroshenko said the new government must honour the reform commitments: "I stress the imperative and inviolable necessity of continuing cooperation with the IMF and other international lenders".

Arseniy Yatsenyuk
After PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned on April 10th when months of fighting in the coalition came to an end and offered a chance to form a new government. In 2014 Yatsenyuk became Prime Minister and promised to tackle corruption and implement economic reforms but became the focus of accusations of corruption himself.

Sources: Reuters, RFE/RL 1, RFE/RL 2, FMS, Unian, Business Standard, Global Post