Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning

Resignation paves way for future election


KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation Thursday, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country’s starkly changed political scene after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych in February.

Yatsenyuk made the announcement from the dais of Parliament after two parties said they would pull out of the governing coalition. He said Parliament could no longer do its work and pass necessary laws.

President Petro Poroshenko, elected to replace Yanukovych May 25, earlier praised the withdrawal of the two parties. He said that “all opinion polls, and direct conversations with people, show that society wants a complete rebooting of the government.”

The nationalist Svoboda party and the Udar party led by former boxer Vitali Klitschko pulled out of the group of legislators that took over after former President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted by protesters seeking closer ties with the European Union.

Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov said it was up to Udar and Svoboda to propose a candidate for temporary prime minister to lead the government until early parliamentary elections can be held.

Yatsenyuk took over as prime minister just short of five months ago, and since then has seen the country embroiled in conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the country’s eastern regions.

He was put in office by a coalition of parties that took power after Yanukovych was driven from office by months of street protests. The protests began over Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a sweeping trade deal with the European Union, but swelled over disgust with corruption and government attempts to suppress the protests.

When he took office, Yatsenyuk’s administration was expected to be a brief one because it was taking over with the government almost broke and facing the likelihood of adopting unpopular measures to satisfy conditions for rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says he is resigning

  1. A huge brawl broke out in their Parliament yesterday, so no the Ukrainians can’t govern.

    That’s been the problem all along.

  2. The pro-Russian Yanukovych parliamentarians causing trouble yet again, no doubt with the blessing of that psychopathic criminal thug little dictator Putin.

    Just a temporary bump on the road to a united Ukraine.

    • You’re Ukrainian?

      Well, that explains a lot.

      • I’m not Ukranian, but you’re a bigot.

        • You’re not anything according to all your statements in the past.

          Which, I’d say, is probably pretty accurate.

  3. At home, this intervention looks to be the one of the most unpopular decisions Putin has ever made. The Kremlin’s own pollster released a survey on Monday that showed 73% of Russians reject it. In phrasing its question to 1600 respondents across the country, the state-funded sociologists at WCIOM were clearly trying to get as much support for the intervention as possible: “Should Russia react to the overthrow of the legally elected authorities in Ukraine?” they asked. Only 15% said yes – hardly a national consensus.

    • So Putin is popular, had nothing to do with downing the plane, and you’ve found a new hobby. LOL Enjoy.

    • I would too have a taste tester. Would not be the first time CIA assassinated someone.

      Even Obama takes precautions with food. Its nothing usual.

  4. Good. He isn’t a leader, he is a US puppet.