The Guardian: Ukraine parliament approves Volodymyr Groysman as new PM
Ukraine’s parliament has approved a key presidential ally as prime minister, in the country’s biggest political shakeup since the 2014 uprising.
The new government could end months of political infighting that has stalled efforts to tackle corruption and delayed billions of dollars in foreign loans, but reformists have expressed concern over the departure of experienced western-backed technocrats from the cabinet.
Volodymyr Groysman said he would be committed to stamping out corruption and strengthening ties with the EU as prime minister.
“I understand the threats that face us. In particular I would like to highlight three threats, corruption, ineffective governance and populism, which do not pose less of a threat than the enemy in eastern Ukraine,” he said, referring to pro-Russia separatists.
“I will show you what leading a country really means,” he added.
The altered cabinet under Groysman, an ally of the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, appears to strengthen the latter’s influence on the economic side of policymaking.
Oleksandr Danylyuk, 40, who is set to become finance minister, is the deputy head of Poroshenko’s administration, while the economy minister and first deputy prime minister positions will be given to Stepan Kubiv, the president’s representative in parliament.
They replace the US-born finance minister Natalia Yaresko, whose handling of Ukraine’s debt crisis has been praised by Washington, and the former economy minister Aivaras Abromavičius, who led a campaign to privatise corruption-ridden state companies, but resigned in February.