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Analysts say candidate for Ukraine PM has no clear program

April 11, 20:54 UTC+3 KIEV
On Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said he was stepping down as Ukraine’s prime minister
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Vladimir Groisman

Vladimir Groisman

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KIEV, April 11. /TASS/. Program statements of candidate for Ukrainian premiership Vladimir Groisman mention no concrete measures to help the economy out of a system crisis, Ukrainian experts told a news conference on the future of the parliamentary coalition and the government on Monday.

"Groisman’s advisers have not prepared a coherent program for him. There is no specifics in his statements," Denis Kiryukhin from the Kiev Centre for Political Research and Conflict Management said referring to the potential program presented by parliament speaker Groisman to leaders of factions in the parliamentary coalition on March 25.

He said the text "said nothing distinct about the strategy for industrial restoration, import substitution, the development of science-intensive productions and many other things".

"Ukraine is not Lithuania, Latvia or Estonia - the country with the population of 40 million people will not get out of the crisis only through the development of small and medium-sized businesses as well as agriculture," the political analyst said.

He also pointed to Groisman’s knowingly vulnerable policy in the social sector. He believes the new cabinet will act "the same way as the government of Yatsenyuk, that is to say not in the interests of the citizens of his country".

Drawbacks in the program of the future government contain "systemic threats to the social-economic development of the country, and this creates a basis for a new spiral of political fight," suggests the analyst.

"We don’t understand what the new coalition and its government will be doing," the director of the Situations Modeling Agency, Vitaly Bala, said. In his view, the political class in Ukraine on the whole lacks a clear economic strategy, which is the main problem for the country. "It is senseless to consider any of their statements as these authorities don’t set goals and tasks for at least a next few years," Bala said.

On Sunday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said he was stepping down as Ukraine’s prime minister. In his words, the political crisis in Ukraine has been deliberately instigated. "The desire to change one man has stricken politicians blind" and "the process of the government overhaul has turned into an unreflecting running in place," he said explaining his motives. Resignation papers were referred to the Verkhovna Rada on Monday.

Following Yatsenyuk’s statement, President Petro Poroshenko said he was ready for any prime minister but would prefer to see Vladimir Groisman, the current speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) in the premier’s office, who will need to receive at least 226 votes in the parliament to be approved as prime minister.

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