PM resigns, election nears


Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk announced that he was tendering his resignation yesterday evening “due to the collapse of the coalition and the blocking of government initiatives”.

The resignation came about after Vitali Klitschko’s Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform and the right-wing Svoboda along with a group of independent lawmakers announced that they were leaving the ruling coalition and parliament failed to pass a number of important laws.

The Prime Minister said, “The fact is that today you failed to vote for the laws, and I have nothing (with which) to pay wages of policemen, doctors, teachers; nothing to buy a rifle with, nothing to fuel an armoured personnel carrier with. Today you failed to take a decision to fill the gas storages to allow us to live through the winter, to at last free ourselves from dependence on Russian gas,” according to a report in the Kyiv Post.

President Petro Poroshenko has formally asked the Verkhovna Rada to hold a vote of confidence in the Cabinet following the resignation. The moves are likely to trigger an early election if a new coalition government cannot be formed within 30 days; and that is highly unlikely.

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