Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk has stepped down announcing his decision in a televised address.
“I have made a decision to step down as prime minister of Ukraine. On Tuesday, April 12, my application will be submitted to the Supreme Rada,” Yatsenyuk said. “From now on, I see my tasks wider than the powers of the head of the government,” he said.
Yatsenyuk warned of inevitable destabilization in Ukraine, unless a new government is elected immediately.
He said the People’s Front will not leave the parliamentary coalition.
On April 2, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said he anticipated the political crisis in Ukraine to be managed “within the coming days or even hours.” Poroshenko said a new coalition will be formed and he will receive proposals concerning the new candidate for prime minister.
According to EADaily, the vote of no-confidence to Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet was failed on February 16 sparking a political crisis in Ukraine – the Supreme Rada coalition has actually disintegrated, as most of the factions insist on resignation of the cabinet. Yatsenyuk, who had already said earlier that he does not perpetuate himself in office, is ready to continue the work. The authorities have been trying to agree on measures to overcome the crisis for more than a month, at the same time opposing snap parliamentary elections.
The Petro Poroshenko Bloc has officially nominated Rada Speaker Volodymyr Groysman as candidate for prime minister. Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front Party faction said it would support Groysman’s candidature in case of a coalition accord.