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Ukraine’s PM says he won't resign on his own

December 11, 2015, 12:16 UTC+3 KIEV
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who assumed office in late February last year, said he "took the responsibility for the unpopular reforms in the country"
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Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk

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KIEV, December 11. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the country’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Friday he will not resign on his own initiative.

"I will accept any decision of the Ukrainian parliament. I am not holding on to the premier’s seat," Yatsenyuk said, answering a question of an MP of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc if he wished to step down.

Yatsenyuk, who assumed office in late February last year, said he "took the responsibility for the unpopular reforms in the country." "I knew my rating would be affected but I came to office not because of the rating," he stressed.

Trade unions and a number of political parties are demanding resignation of the Ukrainian government headed by Yatsenyuk. More than 1,000 of their representatives are holding a rally outside the parliament building where the premier will review the government’s annual performance later in the day.

The Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko earlier unanimously signed a draft resolution of the parliament on dismissing the cabinet of ministers. MPs of the Opposition Bloc and all the deputy groups, a number of non-affiliated deputies and even the representatives of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction have signed the document. According to Ukraine’s sociological group Rating, in September 2014 some 48% of respondents backed the cabinet of ministers and another 42% did not support its policies. This September, the figure stood at 13% and 83%, respectively. Since Yatsenyuk assumed office in late February last year, the rating of his People’s Front party has fallen from 22% to 2.7%.
 

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