Ukraine's Parliament Dismisses Honcharuk's Government
4 March, 2020
Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk during the first session of the Verkhovna Rada of the IX convocation, Kyiv, August 29, 2019 Photo: Mykhailo Palinchak / POOL / UNIAN

The Ukrainian Parliament has supported the resignation of Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk. He led the post for just six months.

353 MPs voted in favor of the decision. 0 were against, 49 — abstained.

According to the procedure, the entire composition of the Cabinet of Ministers has to resign with the PM.

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Before the vote, Honcharuk gave a speech to the parliament.

"Six months is a very short time to evaluate the work of any government. But I think that Ukrainians already feel it in their utility bills. I urge you (MPs- ed.) tot to slow down the pace and not to change direction. I will continue work to make Ukraine successful,"  Honcharuk said.

At the same time, he stressed that the government had "sealed tons of shadow schemes", which caused the Cabinet to "get a lot of dirt".

Earlier, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrived in the Parliament and criticized the work of the Cabinet of Ministers. The president said that "smuggling knocked customs out" and that Ukraine was "not ready" for the second stage of medical reform, and also criticized the work of law enforcement agencies.

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Earlier, we discovered that Honcharuk could be replaced by Denys Shmyhal, the Minister of Community Development, who previously served as the top manager of oligarch Rinat Akhmetov's DTEK.