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Odessa governor urges president, Rada to stop ‘closed-door deals’ over new Cabinet

April 12, 5:11 UTC+3 KIEV
Saakashvili urged formation of "a government of national confidence" that would really engage in reforms in the state
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KIEV, April 11. /TASS/. The governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region, Mikhail Saakashvili, has accused the Ukrainian central authorities, including President Pyotr Poroshenko, of an attempt to form knowingly dysfunctional government instead of carrying out reforms in the country.

"The problem is not only in [Prime Minister Arseny] Yatsenyuk, the problem is in the political class as well as in the approach of the Ukrainian president to processes inside the country and to reform processes," said former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili.

Saakashvili urged formation of "a government of national confidence" that would really engage in reforms in the state.

Meanwhile, Speaker of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) Vladimir Groisman has reportedly refused to be prime minister.

"Parliament speaker Vladimir Groisman has turned down the position of prime minister after talks with President Petro Poroshenko and acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. They failed to reach agreement on candidates for ministerial portfolios," Mustafa Nayem, a lawmaker with the pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko Bloc, wrote on his Facebook account.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Sunday he was stepping down as Ukraine’s prime minister. Resignation papers have been referred to the Verkhovna Rada. His resignation has offered a chance to set up a new coalition in the parliament and form a new government.

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.

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