"Biden's hand" and the resignation of Arseniy Yatseniuk

Author : Ihor Rymskyi

Source : 112 Ukraine

US Vice President Joe Biden called current Ukraine's Prime Minister and thanked for the partnership with the United States
10:42, 12 April 2016

Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned after Parliament has provided him a six-month immunity. This week the current parliament speaker Volodymyr Greusman might come into his chair in his chair. And in the parliament a new coalition must be created. No answer has a matter of completion of a political crisis.


Yatsenyuk gives way Greusman

Statement about Arseniy Yatsenyuk's resignation came as a surprise not only for citizens but also for a large part of the entourage of the Prime Minister. On Thursday evening, sources of, close to the head of government assured that "the boss is at least until the summer" ... But on Sunday afternoon Yatsenyuk announced his voluntary resignation.

"I decided to resign the Prime Minister on April 12, the performance will be introduced to the Parliament," Yatseniuk said in a video message.

Yatsenyuk explained his decision with "senseless accusations and the desire to protect the country", hinting that he does not intend to leave the political field. At the same time, this statement coincided in time with the progress in the issue of privatization of the Odesa Portside Plant and "Centrenergo."

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It should be noted that the current head of government does not the first time publicly declare his resignation. The last time, after the announcement of the intention to leave, the Prime Minister returned to his post a week later. However, it seems this time, taking into consideration a call from US Vice President Joe Biden, who thanked for the partnership with the United States and work at the current position, the probability of retirement increases significantly.

According our sources, largely thanks to the United States, there was an agreement on the voluntary Yatsenyuk’s retirement and maintaining a parliamentary coalition with the participation of the "People’s Front." Allegedly, the United States gave tacit guarantee of assistance in debt restructuring of Rinat Akhmetov's companies in exchange for his political support for the new government. This information could be checked only at the time of voting for a new government.

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President Petro Poroshenko expects present Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Greusman to become the new head of government, who earlier worked as the Minister of Regional Development and Housing and Communal Services.

"I am sure that on Tuesday (12 April - Ed.), we must have a coalition, and I have to have the paid candidacy of prime minister. I expect that it would be Volodymyr Greusman, but I will work with any prime minister,"  the president stated.

"I'm 99.9% sure Volodymyr Greusman will be the new prime minister," said a representative of Bloc of Petro Poroshenko Vadym Denysenko.

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However, our sources do not believe that this reshuffle will be quick and painless. Even in Bloc of Petro Poroshenko not everyone sees the current speaker of the new head of government.

"Even if Greusman is appointed, it will be for four months maximum, during whose reign will be a slight reduction of tariffs on utility services in preparation for the early parliamentary elections," noted our sources, recalling that for the formation of a new majority individual deputies were involved.

At the same time, MP Anton Gerashchenko said that in view of achieving political agreement "early parliamentary elections will be postponed for at least one year."

Related: MP: Yatsenyuk will resign the moment new coalition agreement is signed

Reformatting Cabinet

In parallel with the negotiations on the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk, composition of the new Cabinet continues. MP Anton Gerashchenko has said that in the new Cabinet will remain the Ministers of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, and Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko. Both of them are party members of Gerashchenko and Yatsenyuk.

One of the prominent MPs from Bloc of Petro Poroshenko Block state that there is the place in the government for Lilia Grynevych, which, apparently, will replace Serhiy Kvit in the chair of Minister of Education.

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But the current Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Demchyshyn in likely will not stay in the new Cabinet. Greusman is against his stay on the current position. At the same time, Pavlo Rozenko has a higher chance to continue to work in the Minister of Social Policy, he also can be a deputy prime minister, and Pavlo Klimkin might be the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

However, a lot of newcomers to appear. If Greusman becomes a prime minister, his old comrades will come to the government - the current deputy head of the apparatus of the Parliament Vladimir Kistion, as well as the head of speaker’s secretariat Saenko, who pretend respectively, for the post of Minister of Infrastructure and the Minister of the Cabinet.

The fate of the Minister of Finance Natalia Yaresko is not clear yet. In general, the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko expected that 90% of the Cabinet will change.

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