FT learned about the possible appointment of Yatsenyuk instead of speaker of the Verkhovna Rada


The President and the Prime Ministers of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Arseniy Yatsenyuk are considering appointment to the post of head of government speaker of the Parliament Volodymyr Groysman. Reported by the Financial Times, citing Ukrainian sources.

According to sources familiar with the situation, initially, the post was considered the candidacy of the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Natalia Jaresko. The proposal for this was made by the representatives of Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk at the end of February and promised to “support their parties and freedom from interference”. She was negotiating the establishment of a “technocratic, reformist government” and “spent the past week working on the composition of the Cabinet and its programme,” said the interlocutors FT.

However, the negotiations were halted when Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk began to lean towards an alternative plan involving the appointment of the Prime Minister Groisman. At the same time a high-ranking source of the newspaper noted that the nomination Jaresko has not yet been definitively ruled out and that the Ukrainian Minister of Finance “is still in the game.”

FT writes that the likely Cabinet of Ministers headed by Groisman is considered to be potentially more susceptible to the effects of “powerful corporate interests, including the influence of the oligarchs and the President [Poroshenko]”. Jaresko, most likely, will not agree to work in such a government, which could undermine the support of creditors — in particular the IMF, said a familiar with the situation, the interlocutors of the newspaper.

Considered a third option, the paper concludes: early elections. However, they are likely to take place not earlier than autumn this year, “potentially dooms the country for six months of political uncertainty and undermines efforts at reform”. While Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk want to avoid early elections after confidence in them and their parties were undermined, said the FT citing familiar with the political situation in Ukraine interlocutors.

In late February, a source in the Ukrainian government informed “-Ukraine” that the Prime Minister Yatsenyuk agreed to voluntarily resign, and his position is Jaresko. Yesterday wrote about the same thing in his Twitter and former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer. “From Kiev we are receiving more messages about what Finance Minister Natalia Jaresko going to be the new Ukrainian Prime Minister, probably this week,” wrote Pifer. Sources of this information, he, however, was not called.

On March 4, the sources of “the Ukrainian truth” in the administration Poroshenko said that Jaresko had previously agreed to lead the Cabinet. However, she has put forward several conditions — in particular, the “technocratic government without party quotas”, “the absence of any political pressure from any side”, the dialogue with the Parliament directly, support the initiatives of the government in all factions of the coalition, including the “Block of Petro Poroshenko”, where “with some deputies today the Minister of Finance an uneasy relationship”. Also, argued the newspaper’s sources, Jaresko called a few names of those whom she would not like to see in the future composition of the Cabinet.

On 16 February the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged Yatsenyuk to “total reformat” of the government and asked him to resign. The government has lost the confidence of the people in the country, said the head of state. Held the same day the meeting of the Verkhovna Rada deputies are unable to send Yatsenyuk. In favor of the decision spoke only 194 deputies at necessary 226.

The next day, Poroshenko said that Yatsenyuk within three months to leave his post. In the Verkhovna Rada was registered the draft resolution on the dismissal of Yatsenyuk from post of Prime Minister.