A sudden dismissal of a finance minister may come as a shock in some countries. But Oleksandr Danylyuk, the Ukrainian Minister of Finance who was fired on June 7, says that this didn’t come much of a surprise to him.
“[The Finance Ministry’s] position has always been to stop payments that aren’t justified,” Danylyuk tells Hromadske on June 8. “Just think back to the situation with the General Prosecutor’s Office, think about the situation with ineffective distribution of costs allocated for mines, or repaying our loans in the energy market sector, the grant-in-aids used by some politicians. On all these questions, our ministry had its own principal position. And, of course, this didn’t go unnoticed.”
Danylyuk was voted out of his post after the Ukrainian parliament supported the motion signed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman on June 6. The next day, the parliament voted to dismiss him. His deputy Oksana Makarova will take over Danylyuk’s seat until a replacement is found and appointed.
Danylyuk says he doesn’t have plans to join any political party in Ukraine or partake in the 2019 Presidential Election.
“My plan for the nearest future is to join a political party, which is called my family and with which I simply had not spent enough time,” he says. “I don’t even want to comment on all the rumors going around [about potential involvement in politics]. After a job that’s stressful like that, where my life was basically work, it all just went by as one day.”
Hromadske spoke with Oleksandr Danylyuk, the former Finance Minister of Ukraine, on the recent news of his dismissal and what led to it.