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Ukraine’s Verkhovna rada to appoint new cabinet

April 14, 4:28 UTC+3 KIEV
Maxim Burbak, the leader of the Popular Front caucus said the coalition had supported a proposal to discuss a resolution on consent to Yatsenyuk’s resignation from the post of Prime Minister
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KIEV, April 14. /TASS/. Ukraine’s Verkhovna rada national parliament plans to dismiss the cabinet led by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and to endorse a new cabinet with Vladimir Groisman at the head. At present, Groisman is Rada speaker.

A new coalition that was knocked up on Wednesday by caucuses of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc and the Popular Front party coordinated the list of cabinet members and the candidates for the post of Rada speaker and his First Deputy

Maxim Burbak, the leader of the Popular Front caucus said the coalition had supported a proposal to discuss a resolution on consent to Yatsenyuk’s resignation from the post of Prime Minister.

"Second, it’s the revoking of the February 16 resolution on the government’s unsatisfactory performance," Burbak said. "Third is the appointment of Vladimir Groisman to the post of Prime Minister. After that there’ll be voting on the cabinet and its programme of action I hope."

Members of the coalition say all the bills will be put up for the voting in a package. For instance, Sergei Vysotsky who represents the Popular Front in the confirmed the bill would include a resolution on dismissing Yatsenyuk, on revoking of the resolution that qualified the government’s performance as unsatisfactory and on appointing Groisman Prime Minister.

The second resolution contains the provisions on Groisman’s appointment in a tie-up with the new composition of the cabinet and on his release from the position in the Rada.

In addition, it will contain provisions on appointments of Andrei Parubiy to the post of Rada’s Speaker and Irina Gerashchenko, First Deputy Speaker.

On Thursday, President Poroshenko is expected to introduce the candidate for the prime-ministerial position to the Rada and to get approval of his choice by 226 deputies as a minimum.

According to Irina Gerashchenko, a deputy from the Poroshenko bloc, "both caucuses have 226 deputies at the moment and another five deputies are going to joint it." On the whole, the coalition may get 240 deputies by winning over deputies from other caucuses.

The Groisman government will have record big number of Deputy Prime Ministers. President Poroshenko’s representatives in the Rada, Stepan Kubiv, is making claims to the post of First Deputy Prime Minister.

The cabinet will include familiar personages along with the old ones. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Justice Minister Pavel Petrenko, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin, Information Policy Minister Yuri Stets, and Youth Policies and Sports Minister Igor Zhdanov will retain their posts.

Igor Nasalik of the Poroshenko bloc will take charge of the Energy and Coalmining Industry, and Alexander Danilyuk who is currently a deputy chief of the Presidential Administration staff is expected to become Finance Minister.

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