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And it looks like there are too many people unwilling to reform properly. Very unfortunate.

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Old 24th March 2016, 17:32
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I hope not, because that would be a huge mistake.

No appt yet, just nomination.
The Poroshenko Bloc has nominated Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Groysman for prime minister, Viktoria Siumar, the deputy chairperson of the parliamentary faction of the People's Front led by incumbent Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, told reporters on Thursday afternoon.

In her words, the meeting of the parliamentary factions' leaders is still under way.

"While introducing the candidate, the Poroshenko Bloc faction's leader said that they had been considering a government of technocrats as an option, but they were not sure whether it would score enough votes. Accordingly, they suggested options of a party-based government, which could be headed by the Poroshenko Bloc's nominee, Volodymyr Groysman," Siumar said.

In her words, "we, as the People's Front, accept this proposal and express our gratitude to the partners for announcing this proposal in the end."

At the same time, Siumar said that the People's Front would like to see the new government's "action plan or the wording of the [parliamentary] coalition agreement, which is fundamentally important."

She also reported that her faction would meet on Monday, March 28, to discuss its nominee for prime minister, basic provisions of the coalition agreement and the government's program of action. Poroshenko Bloc nominates parliament speaker Groysman for premier : UNIAN news


World NewsUkraine pro-president party proposes Groysman as PM

President Petro Poroshenko’s party, the largest by seats in Ukraine’s legislature, on Thursday proposed as a new prime minister Volodymyr Groysman, a party ally and currently chair of parliament, to be backed by a newly-formed ruling majority coalition.

The offer is a possible resolution to a months-long political crisis which has frozen lending for the war-torn country from a $40bn international lifeline led by the International Monetary Fund, Roman Olearchyk reports from Kiev.

The development comes two days after US-born finance minister Natalie Jaresko, the darling of Ukraine’s western creditors, announced she was ready to reboot reforms and sever the pull of vested interests by becoming prime minister of a fully technocratic government.

Speaking on television Thursday, Mr Groysman described as “senseless” discussions on whether Ukraine needed a “technocratic or political government.” Mushrooming corruption scandals involving high-level politicians and oligarchs have sparked the debate. “We need to establish a professional government,” Groysman stressed.

Speculation that a Groysman-led government would be less reform-minded and closer to vested interests than one led by Ms Jaresko has raised concern that it could struggle to revive a $17.5bn IMF programme and billions of dollars in associated funding from western partners.

UA prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk and Volodymyr Groysman

The party of embattled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, whose government has struggled to muster support in parliament, said it “will consider” the candidacy of Groysman in talks that are to continue into next week.

They did not rule out a scenario that could see Yatseniuk, who survived a no-confidence vote last month, holding on as premier.

Among concessions being offered to Mr Yatseniuk’s party to accept Groysman as premier is the chairmanship of parliament. Yet to form the new coalition and appoint Groysman as premier, both parties are short of a ruling majority.

Other parties the grouping considers as possible coalition partners – the faction of ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, along with the Radical and Self-Reliance parties — on Thursday started laying out their conditions. Some of them contradict conditions set in Ukraine’s IMF programme.

Political insiders said these parties are keen to help Mr Poroshenko with votes needed to take full political responsibility by getting Groysman appointed premier. Keen to hold snap elections, they could become weak links in a new coalition — keeping their political powder dry by staying out of government, criticizing it to bolster voter support.
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Natalie Jaresko: Ukraine’s economy needs to be depoliticized now
KYIV POST Mar. 24, 2016 21:59

Editor's Note: The following is the English-language version of a March 22 Facebook post by Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko, stating her willingness to become prime minister and form a technocratic government.

There are times for big politics, when the whole country discusses fundamental political issues regarding its future.

However, Ukraine has already chosen its strategic development path.

I believe that the Revolution of Dignity was the point of no return for the Ukrainian people.

People started to believe in their own strength and capacity to change the system for simple values fundamental to leading lives of dignity – respect for the individual and freedom. Now we have to start down the difficult path from simple aspirations to real change and results that will bring us pro-European, pro-Ukrainian reforms in Ukraine.

Today a serious political crisis is blocking our path.

A few weeks ago President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk asked that I begin a dialogue with them to present my plan to swiftly pull the country out of this crisis. Over the past weeks there have been a lot of rumors and speculation, so I decided to share my thoughts about this situation.

The time has come in Ukraine when the economy has to be depoliticized, and we need to concentrate and unite the best talents and resources for solving the unprecedented challenges that the country faces.

Ukraine’s government has to now focus on two key things: restoring the trust of citizens and growing the Ukrainian economy.

To restore trust and grow the economy the government can’t take one or two steps forward, it has to take a giant leap ahead.

I am convinced that the only way to address the challenges we are facing in this political situation is to install a technocratic government – in other words, a team of “no-one’s” people, those who have no political past, who aren’t subservient to any of the oligarchs or politicians’ “friends”, those who have no political ambition for the future. I stand ready to assemble such a team, one that is ready to work on behalf of the entire country, all of its citizens, and not separate political or financial groups.

For me, a technocratic government is one that is established on five fundamental principles:

Members of the government have to be uniquely committed to serving the Ukrainian people; not themselves, not their parties, nor special interests. The main criteria for working in the government – an untarnished reputation;

Members of the government have to possess zero tolerance of corruption and zero tolerance of political interference in the work of the government;

Members of the government shouldn’t be concerned with the next elections or their own political careers. Their only goal should be the growth of Ukraine. Populism will be their worst enemy;

They all have to believe that Ukraine can only be a success through democratic and economic freedom, particularly via the implementation of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and the IMF Program;

Members of the government have to be accomplished crisis managers with experience in successfully reforming and managing their organizations.

For these individuals it is their personal reputation that is proof of their honesty before the Ukrainian people whom they are ready to serve. It is precisely their personal reputation that is the best guarantee of the responsibility they bear before Ukraine’s citizens.

For a technocratic government to work, it must have the backing of at least 226 votes in parliament in order to fully implement the Ukraine-European Union association agreement and International Monetary Fund program, or a mini-coalition agreement to guarantee the introduction of all reforms enshrined in these international commitments.

The same difficult, but successful path to economic reform to create dignified lives for their citizens, has already been taken by our East and Central European colleagues. This is the same path we have to take in order to avoid substituting genuine reforms with another round of meaningless discussion.

The more successful we’ll be now, the greater trust we’ll have from the people and support from our international partners, without whom we cannot carry out deep structural reform.

Today the world looks at Ukraine with a certain amount of distrust, doubting our capacity to fight corruption and to build the foundation for a dignified future for millions of Ukrainians. Every day of honest government is a chance to prove that our national interests are more important than political pressure and special interests. It is the chance to launch the restoration of people’s trust in their government.

This is our common effort. Every citizen has the right to a responsible government, honest courts, the opportunity for personal development, and to grow their business in the absence of any undue influence from state authorities.

At the same time, each of us has our own personal responsibility, regardless of the war, to build the foundation for a strong and healthy economy for Ukraine. Only by cooperating with civil society and responsible, independent media can we attain irreversible change which will allow us to build a dignified future for all our citizens.

We cannot allow anything to take us off course in this regard. The government has to concentrate on introducing a maximum number of reforms to modernize the Ukrainian economy.

Ukrainians sacrificed a great deal for the future of their country. That is why we have to save the country now. That is why right now, without hesitation, we have to restore our citizens’ trust and safeguard economic growth.

I never aspired to high office and have no plans or desire to build a political career in the future.

My only aspiration is to introduce reforms in Ukraine in order to safeguard the country’s economic growth, enhance the development of its civil society, and improve every Ukrainian’s well-being. Natalie Jaresko: Ukraine’s economy needs to be depoliticized now

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Batkivschyna to support Groysman as PM
25.03.2016 | 12:52 UNIAN

Member of the Batkivschyna parliamentary faction Andriy Kozhemiakin says that his faction will support the candidacy of the incumbent Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Groysman for the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

"We will support the candidacy of Groysman," he told journalists.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on March 24, the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko parliamentary faction nominated Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Groysman for prime minister.

In turn, Groysman said that he was ready to take responsibility and lead the government if his nomination was supported by a future coalition in parliament.

The People's Front party headed by the current Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk also promised to consider the candidacy of Groysman for premiership. Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy's Samopomich party in turn announced the conditions under which their faction will vote for a new prime minister.Batkivschyna to support Groysman as PM : UNIAN news

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OLD ARTICLE - March 15, 2016 - FreeNews.xyz???

In the party Poroshenko “buried” the idea is to replace Yatsenyuk on Jaresko

The head of the faction Block Petro Poroshenko Yuriy Lutsenko has accused “Self-help” that she “buried” the chance to create a technocratic government. He said this commenting on the statement made on the eve of the party about the conditions under which it would support the new Prime Minister.

“The fact is that the government cannot cope with the key tasks of the country’s recovery, the chance for the implementation of the new policy could give the technocratic government created party without bidding, without oligarchs. But this idea, which is supported by the society, which support a responsible policy that has the support of Western partners, yesterday was actually buried by a statement of the “Samopomochi” that she will not join any coalition under any new government”, — said Lutsenko, speaking in the Verkhovna Rada (quoted by LB.ua).

The day before, on 14 March, the press Secretary of the President of Ukraine Svyatoslav Tsigalko said that the President Petro Poroshenko sees as the new Prime Minister or Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko, or the leader of the party “Self-help”, Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovy. Probable Cabinet Jaresko he called the technocratic, Cabinet Garden political.

On Monday evening a meeting was held with Poroshenko Garden. It was attended by the leader of the faction “Samopomich” Oleg Berezyuk, who shortly before the negotiations called the conditions under which the faction is ready to consider support for the new Prime Minister. “The law on the proportional election [to Parliament] with open lists, the resignation of the CEC, the resignation of attorney General….and the resignation of the government. If these conditions are fulfilled, the faction “Self-help”, staying in the opposition, given the difficult socio-economic conditions, is ready to consider situational support proposals for the Prime Minister”, he said (quoted by “Interfax-Ukraine”).

Tuesday, March 15, the leader of the party “Samopomich” Andriy Sadovy said that at the meeting with Poroshenko refused the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine. “Such conversations were, and today were before. I am a realist. Samopomich [“Self”] has 26 deputies. Therefore, we are willing to take responsibility, but within that confidence that we have before the Ukrainian people”, — he noted. Garden added that the Parliament has the largest factions — the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko and “popular front”, which “should understand that they are obliged to offer their own versions” (quoted by UNN).

That as Prime Minister, consider the candidature of the Finance Minister Natalia Jaresko, has been repeatedly reported earlier. In late February, I told about it “-Ukraine” a source in the Ukrainian government, later wrote about this in his Twitter the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer.

In early March, sources of “the Ukrainian truth” in the administration Poroshenko said that Jaresko had previously agreed to lead the Cabinet and put forward a number of conditions, among which were: “the technocratic government without party quotas”, “the absence of any political pressure from any side”, the dialogue with the Parliament directly, support the initiatives of the government in all factions of the coalition, including the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko.

At the same time a week ago the Financial Times wrote that both Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk have switched to the question of choosing a person for the post of Prime Minister towards the candidacy of Parliament speaker Volodymyr Groisman. However, the publication noted that the Cabinet headed by him is considered to be potentially more susceptible to the effects of “powerful corporate interests, including the influence of the oligarchs and the President [Poroshenko]”. And familiar with the situation sources stressed that Jaresko herself, most likely, will refuse to work in such a government, which could undermine the support of the creditors, particularly the IMF.

A month ago the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said about the need for “a complete reboot” and “total reformat” of the government Arseniy Yatsenyuk. “To restore trust [to the government], therapy does not need surgery”, — stressed the head of state. On the same day on the question of imposition of a censure motion passed by a vote of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada. If they were in favor of this measure, the government is automatically resigned, however, for this decision voted 194 deputies at necessary 226. http://freenews.xyz/2016/03/15/in-th...uk-on-jaresko/
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Ukraine Today: Ukraine's parliament could see a new coalition on March 25
UT UKRAINE TODAY Video 17:55 Mar. 25, 2016

Deputies promise to work through the weekend to reach a consensus

A new coalition in the Ukrainian parliament may appear before the end of the month. According to several sources the deputies are ready to work throughout the weekend in order to reach a consensus.

Prior to naming the potential ministers, the parliamentarians are set to discuss the coalition agreement. The document is to clarify the precise implementation dates along with the person responsible for it.

There are four key groups involved. That is pro-presidential Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, The People's Front, Bat'kivschyna which is the party of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and the Radical Party of an outspoken and sometimes controversial Oleh Lyashko.

The deputies hope the agreement will be drafted as early as Monday of next week.
Ukraine's Parliament could see a new coalition on Monday - watch on - uatoday.tv

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Queuing up to lead "Kamikaze" Cabinet
26.03.2016 | 10:00 UNIAN Nadia Pryshliak

Rada Speaker Volodymyr Groysman named as primary nominee for a prime minister’s post. It was announced by the leader of Bloc of Petro Poroshenko faction, Yuriy Lutsenko, as if this particular candidate was put forward by the faction. But after a few minutes, Lutsenko stroke the reporters with frankness, saying that the nomination had yet to be discussed by the faction.

Such frankness is appealing, because it is clear anyway that the nomination was proposed on Bankova Street, at the Presidential Administration. Even more embarrassing is the fact that just a few days ago, this very BPP leader Lutsenko said the faction advocated a technocratic government, to be led by Natalie Jaresko [current Finance Minister]. In turn, Jaresko, naïve as she shouldn’t be, said she didn’t mind heading the government. But then there was a real bummer.

Groysman’s eyes also lit up upon seeing the prospects of Rada Speaker becoming PM. Filled with enthusiasm, he even started calling certain names he would like seeing in his team, said he was ready to present a government program. Although Jaresko is a character far from being convenient to Groysman, he would not dare make decisions regarding her. That’s because those who give Ukraine loans have their own vision of whom they trust more in the issue of allocating the issued funds.

However, there is too much time to go until Tuesday, that is until the plenary week starts. So, none of the nominees can be 100% positive in a positive outcome for themselves.

And all of this happens while Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is still “alive,” tightly gripping his chair which is furiously rocked by many.

Too many people indeed were waiting for his resignation statement during his weekly “10 minutes with prime minister” televised address. But it was all in vain. For now. It’s not because he believes he would be prime minister forever, but because the bids on his political future are too high, and rising. Really, one thing is talking about "kamikaze" post and vowing to take a “bullet to the head,” but quite another thing is to have any prospects in this country. It is too far to wait for the retirement, while any talks of him considering moving to Canada are likely to be enemy gossip.

Another interesting fact is that most of BPP faction members heard about the allegedly endorsed nomination of Groysman from the media. They claim there were no actual discussions on the issue of nominating Jaresko or Groysman. So backroom negotiations between several close allies of the president shouldn’t be considered a position of the BPP faction.

The nominee for PM’s chair will also be discussed by factions that are not part of Coalition. Yes, that Coalition which seems to be still there, but it may as well not exist. The closer it gets to the issue of Coalition shape, the more opaque everything gets. For example, just recently, Radical Party leader Oleh Lyashko swore that his party had long quit Coalition. Then it turned out that only now did the members of this faction withdraw their signature from the coalition agreement. However, the exit of Samopomich and Batkivshchyna raise no such questions... All this reminds of a family who have split long ago, but keep marriage registration stamps in their passport, not to reminisce of the past, but basically, due to some practical reasons.

By the way, BPP leader Yuriy Lutsenko also threatened to quit coalition if the political crisis was not tackled. Well, it truly is a "hard" call – without Lutsenko, there will be no coalition, which is in fact already extinct.

At present, Ukraine finds itself in a very bizarre situation: There is no coalition while PM Yatsenyuk remains in office, but a new coalition is sprouting which lauds Groysman as a prime minister. Moreover, there is yet another nominee for a top government post who emerged a bit earlier – Natalie Jaresko.

Absurdity lies in the fact that Ms Jaresko is one of the key ministers in the current government. That’s why she is responsible for economic failures of the Cabinet, almost to the same extent as Yatsenyuk. At the same time, Groysman is one of the key players in the current Ukrainian political elite, and he is also one of the culprits responsible for today’s parliamentary crisis. Remember, it is the Parliament that failed to dismiss the current government, while the Coalition collapsed.

That is, the country now has to be rescued by the people who were in the first ranks of those guiding it toward the abyss.

In addition, Groysman’s independence in decision-making is also quite questionable. As Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, he clearly acted in the interests of the Presidential Administration. He also used to defy Rada regulations, zealously enough to make Yanukovych’s former allies in Rada bite their elbows.

Of course, Poroshenko would benefit from such government leader, as the cash flows would then concentrate in one pair of hands. Yanukovych was craving for more power, and now Poroshenko seems to have a similar craving. An attempt to carry out decentralization that would give the president more leverage, is delayed so far, as there are no prospects seen so far for the adoption of relevant constitutional amendments. That’s why there is an attempt to appoint a loyalist premier, although Yatsenyuk was not that much of a riot guy. However, the financial interests of the two teams varied, and that lies in the origin of the current crisis.

Indeed, Groysman might get Rada’s support during the vote. Although, the position of People’s Front is far from being certain. BPP faction itself might also face certain inner ambiguities, as evidenced by the past vote for Yatsenyuk’s dismissal. Batkivshchyna can vote for Groysman, as the bargaining is now focused on one single thing – amending the law on elections to the Verkhovna Rada (with proportional system). In this case, Tymoshenko’s party will have a chance to become the leader in the race for early parliamentary elections. The faction hasn’t even applied for any posts in the government, as it benefits more from remaining in opposition. Poroshenko’s team is well aware of all these circumstances. That is why nobody’s going to give up on a majority system of elections. Moreover, history shows that the election results somewhere in the regions can be actually bought with food and money.

... Appointing Groysman prime minister will foster no changes for the country. The Parliament will definitely not start working more smoothly, and the crisis won’t go – it may just become more veiled for a few months. And then, we’ll hear the same old song. It seems, only a miracle could avert early elections this autumn.Queuing up to lead "Kamikaze" Cabinet : UNIAN news

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