Ukraine’s leading political figures, the so-called “strategic seven”, are holding negotiations at the Presidential Administration in Kyiv. They are trying to find a way out of the political crisis and speed up the process of election of the new government.
The “strategic seven” consists of President Petro Poroshenko, Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Head of Presidential Administration Borys Lozhkin, Speaker of the Parliament Volodymyr Groysman, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexandr Turchynov, Head of parliamentary faction of Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc Yuriy Lutsenko and Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
According to reporter of 112 Ukraine TV channel, after five hours of talks, the negotiators can’t agree on several candidacies in the new government. If the MPs fail to elect the new Prime Minister, Poroshenko may very soon disband the Parliament. “Yuriy Lutsenko sends his teammates such messages. Besides, Petro Poroshenko’s Bloc may soon announce they’ve got a new candidate for Premier’s position. At the same time, Lutsenko’s teammate Serhiy Leshchenko says it would be nice to reconsider the candidacy of the current Finance Minister Nathalie Jaresko”, the reporter said.
On April 12, the MPs were supposed to vote for the new Prime Minister and the Cabinet. Odds were that the new government would be chaired by Volodymyr Groysman. However, the vote was delayed until Wednesday or Thursday.