The Verkhovna Rada has agreed on the candidacy of the new Prime Minister of Ukraine

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Photo from the website of the President of Ukraine Alexey Goncharuk
Photo from the website of the President of Ukraine

the Prime Minister of Ukraine Alexey Goncharuk has submitted to Parliament a statement on his resignation. “Goncharuk wrote the statement, the Parliament passed, we are now voted the fraction to satisfy. He is no longer Prime Minister,” said MP of the faction “servant of the people” Alexander Dubinsky after a faction meeting Tuesday night.

Fraction “servant of the people” agreed on the appointment to the post of head of the Ukrainian government Denis Smagala, who now holds the position of Deputy Prime Minister. People’s Deputy Mykhailo radutsky said that the candidacy of Smugala “suggested the President, and the faction support”, reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.

According to the Deputy, against Smagala were no votes, only one member of the faction abstained.

Verkhovna Rada will meet on March 4 at the extraordinary session on the initiative of President Vladimir Zelensky, who will arrive in Parliament. The agenda was announced a reshuffle in the government.

Responding to a question about the new government, radutsky said: “Still not even 50%, so today was voiced by the person offering the position of Prime Minister, and he should form a government and agree on it first fraction, and then in the hall.”

In turn, Dubinskiiy says that he will retain the post of the Minister of internal Affairs Arsen Avakov, the Minister of justice Denis Malyuska and Minister for digital transformation Mikhail Fedorov.Thus the post of Finance Minister, according to him, the candidature of the former first Deputy Finance Minister Igor Umansky, Minister of defense – Lieutenant General of the Armed forces of Ukraine, former first Deputy commander of Land forces of armed forces of Andrey Taran, to the post of Minister of social policy – the former head of the Department of labour and employment Agency of Marina Lazebny, Minister of youth and sports – President of the National fencing Federation of Ukraine Vadim Gutzeit.

Minister of foreign Affairs, according to Dubinsky, may be Dmitry Kuleba, who served as Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

the Other candidates, including Minister of economic development, trade and agriculture of Ukraine Timofey Milovanov, according to the MP, are still under discussion.

In his telegram channel Dubinsky shared plans division of the Ministry of economic development, trade and agriculture the Ministry of agriculture and Ministry of economic development and trade, announced the agreement Milovanova for the post of Minister of agriculture, and as the head of MEDT – Roman Zhukovsky, which from April 2010 to may 2011 he supervised the management of socio-economic policy of the presidential Administration of Ukraine.

MP Galina Yanchenko after the meeting of the faction also told reporters that the decision to remove from office the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Dmitry Dubilet, but a person in his place is still under discussion.

media citing its own sources reported that on the bridge of the Minister of health nominated by the Director of the center for pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery Ilya Yemets.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada has appointed Denis Smagala Vice Prime Minister – Minister of development of communities and territories 4 February 2020. Prior to this appointment in August of 2019, he headed the Ivano-Frankivsk regional state administration. Previously, he was Director of DTEK “Burshtyn thermal power plant”, Deputy General Director of PJSC “DTEK Zapadenergo”.

Scandal around the government

Prime Minister of Ukraine Alexey Goncharuk asked to resign in mid-January, but then President Vladimir Zelensky has not accepted the resignation. It happened after the scandal with “wiretapping” of senior officials.

15 and 16 January on the YouTube channel “How to deceive the President,” there were three audio recordings where people with the voices similar to the voices of the Prime Minister of Ukraine, Deputy head of the national Bank and Minister of Finance, talking about the economic policy of the country and unflattering comments about Vladimir Zelensky. The video is signed as “History, as Alexey Goncharuk (Minister of Finance), Oksana Markarova (the head of the national Bank), Jacob Smoliy (NBU), Ekaterina Rozhkova (Deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine), Yulia Kovaliv were going to the meeting a “stupid President” Zelensky”. These records, according to press reports, was made during an informal meeting of high-ranking Ukrainian officials held on 16 December 2019.

Officials allegedly discussed how best to convey to the President the essence of the processes occurring in the economy. Goncharuk attributed to the voice on the recording asks the audience to help him explain to the head of state, why the stronger hryvnia and how this might affect the state budget. Goncharuk allegedly also acknowledges that although he is “a complete ignoramus” in Economics, as it has a legal education, but the President is quite “primitive understanding of economic processes”.

the President needs to clearly explain what is happeningit in the economy, and that this explanation “looks very realistic,” said the man with the voice Goncharuk. “While the President has in his head is not the answer to this question is, it there be empty space, and it will arrive this crap on the topic of bonds. It hits him in the head just because he has a fog on this topic,” he said.

After the publication of “wiretapping” and the beginning of the scandal, the Prime Minister called the recordings installation which artificially creates the idea that the Prime Minister and his team do not respect the President.

Zelensky also demanded from law enforcement agencies two weeks to establish involved in recording conversations during the meeting, Prime Minister Alexey Goncharuk, Ministers and representatives of the national Bank of Ukraine. The President also demanded “to accumulate the necessary measures” to prevent such incidents in the future and technically to protect the information.