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Ukraine’s parliament ready to support its speaker as next prime minister — media

March 22, 8:26 UTC+3 KIEV
According to the sources, there is no alternative to Groysman’s candidacy as another possible candidate, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, will not be able to win the necessary number of votes
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Volodymyr Groysman

Volodymyr Groysman

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KIEV, March 21. /TASS/. Factions in the Ukrainian parliament are ready to support the candidature of speaker Volodymyr Groysman as Ukraine’s next prime minister, Ukrainian news outlet Apostrof said on Monday citing well-informed sources.

"The factions of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, People’s Front, Oleh Lyashko’s Radical Party and the lawmaker group Vozrozhdeniye (Revival) are expected to vote in support of Volodymyr Groysman’s candidacy for prime minister. The factions have already reached relevant agreements," the news outlet said.

According to the sources, there is no alternative to Groysman’s candidacy as another possible candidate, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, will not be able to win the necessary number of votes.

Leader of the pro-presidential Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction in Ukraine’s parliament Yuri Lutsenko said on Sunday he hopes the parliament will hold an extraordinary session on March 24 to send the Arseniy Yatsenyuk government to resignation. "I hope next week, probably on Thursday (March 24), we will be able to hold an extraordinary session to vote for a new prime minister, a new government and a new program of actions and finally put an end to the profound crisis stemming from the inaction of the current government," he wrote on his Facebook account.

He ruled out a third office term for the current prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. "After the latest consultation I rule out the possibility of Yatsenyuk’s continuing as prime minister for a third year. I think both he and the People’s Front faction have realized that the government is actually dysfunctional. And the latest consultations focused only on the format of the next government," Lutsenko noted.

On February 16, Ukraine’s parliament recognized the work of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s government as unsatisfactory but failed to send him to resignation as it lacked votes for that. These developments have provoked a political crisis in the country.

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