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Pre-election dilemma of Ukraine's PM Groysman

Author : Yaroslav Konoshchuk

Why Volodymyr Groysman has not resigned and would he unite with former PM Yatsenyuk?
18:00, 3 June 2019

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Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman remains in his office. The Verkhovna Rada has failed the draft resolution on the dismissal of the head of government, and thus the current prime minister and the Cabinet of Ministers would most likely work until the end of the parliamentary election campaign (parliamentary elections are scheduled for July 21). Only 97 MPs voted for the corresponding decision with the necessary minimum of 226 votes.

Groysman did not want to resign

“The presidential election is not a reason for the prime minister’s resignation. I think we will work until October,” PM Volodymyr Groysman said in early May.

However, the inauguration speech of the newly elected President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, criticized the Cabinet of Ministers, corrected these plans.

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After a meeting with parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubiy, former PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk and members of the government on the evening of May 20, Groysman stated about his resigning. According to sources 112.ua in the factions, the resignation was unexpected.

"Even in the morning, the prime minister talked about his own plans for the next week, but after Zelensky’s speech, he was advised to resign so that the newly elected head of state would deal with the IMF and partially discredit himself... It was planned that Stepan Kubiv (First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and simultaneously Minister of Economic Development and Trade since 14 April 2016, - ed.) ,would become acting Prime Minister; and the IMF would not meet with him. This would teach Zelensky a lesson," the interlocutors say.

Related: Ukraine’s PM Groysman writes letter of resignation from May 20

However, parliamentarians were not in a hurry to release the head of government. Petro Poroshenko Blok said they first want to know about the motives of Groysman’s decision. National Front failed to present one opinion on this. Part of the MPs was ready to dismiss the current prime minister in order to “leave everything to Zelensky,” however, the majority of the National Front members “prime minister is inevitable in difficult times.” The majority of the polled MPs were inclined to believe that there would be no resignation.

Groysman and Yatsenyuk would not unite

Last winter, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman announced his intention to take part in parliamentary elections.

“I plan to take part in the next parliamentary elections. I will take part in them to fight for making specific decisions,” Groysman said.

Related: Ukraine to impose tit-for-tat measures against Russia, - PM Groysman

It was rumored a party of two prime ministers would be created – a joint campaign against the parliamentary elections of current Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman and former head of the government Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his National Front party. However, lengthy negotiations ended in vain, and the leader of the “front-line soldiers” faction Maksym Burbak noted that “we are different parties because Groysman decided to create a separate political force.”

Read the original text at 112.ua.

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