Arseniy Yatsenyuk remains Prime Minister
Ukraine’s parliament rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk yesterday. Yatsenyuk had originally announced his resignation on 24th July after the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR) and Svoboda factions left the ruling coalition and parliament had failed to support a series of important economic draft laws needed to secure IMF funds.
The disputed bills were passed yesterday including the budget law and changes to the tax code with more than 300 votes in the 449 seat Verkhovna Rada or Parliament. The confidence motion in Arseniy Yatsenyuk was won by 295 votes against 16 votes meaning that he will remain as Prime Minister. President Petro Poroshenko had also made it clear that he wanted the Prime Minister to remain.
Elections for a new parliament are expected in October.
The press release on the announcement of the passing of the laws and confidence motion as published on the government website is as follows:
“Rada approves Government amendments to the State budget 2014, Tax Code and does not accept Yatsenyuk’s resignation
31.07.2014 | 13:27
Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the CMU
On Thursday, July 31, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved amendments to the Law “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2014” and the Tax Code of Ukraine as well as some other legislative acts of Ukraine.
The Parliament did not support the resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Only 16 MPs voted for Yatsenyuk’s resignation. In particular, his resignation was not supported by 109 MPs, 184 MPs did not vote and two abstained from voting.
Following the voting on this issue the PM stated: “Today, the world economy has got two pieces of news. Firstly, Argentina has declared a default on its debt. Secondly, Ukraine has not declared a default and will never declare it. Thank you for your work and see you at the next meeting at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.”