Ukrainian parliament accepts PM’s resignation

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Kiev, April 14 (IANS) Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and appointed parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman as the new head of government.

The decision was approved by 257 votes in favour, passing the 226-vote minimum requirement, said a statement posted on the parliament’s website.

Yatsenyuk, who came to power in February 2014, announced his resignation on Sunday, two months after he survived a non-confidence vote, Xinhua news agency reported.

His support rate dropped sharply in March because of his failure to keep the government institutions functioning smoothly and his perceived inability to tackle corruption and stabilise the economy.

Groysman, a 38-year-old former mayor of Vinnitsa in central Ukraine, was chosen to replace Yatsenyuk as a compromise candidate, accepted by the two major parliamentary forces — the People’s Front party of Yatsenyuk and the Solidarity party of President Petro Poroshenko.

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The Ukrainian constitution stipulates that the replacement of the prime minister results in the change of the entire cabinet.

The lawmakers are due to decide on the composition of a new government by the end of this week.

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