Ukraine very ‘volatile’ after PM resignation: Council of Europe

April 11, 2016 6:00 pm

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk

The Council of has called on to establish a new government as the country has become “very volatile” since the resignation of Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk.
Yatseniuk tendered his resignation on Sunday, opening the way for the formation of a new and more stable government in the country that is facing an economic crisis as well as a conflict in its eastern areas.
“The situation in Ukraine is now very volatile. It is urgent that they establish a new government and even more urgent that they speed up the reform process,” Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland said on Monday.
The Norwegian politician also noted that reforms of the judiciary system and decentralization were essential in rebuilding public trust in Ukraine.
“A new government will have to take this on in a much more impressive way than has been the case until now,” Jagland added.
The resignation came two months after Yatseniuk’s government almost narrowly dodged a no-confidence vote, which provoked various political parties to leave the ruling parliamentary coalition. 
On February 16, the motion got 194 votes in the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, falling short of the 226 votes required to oust the prime minister.

Protesters stand in front of a banner reading “Corruptionists, get out” during a rally in front of the presidential office in Kiev on March 28, 2016. (AFP photo)

Several demonstrations were held outside the parliament in the capital, Kiev, over the past weeks, with protesters calling for the resignation of Yatseniuk over what they perceive to be his government’s failure to fight graft. 
Yatseniuk was a leading figure during a 2014 political campaign demanding pro-EU changes in government policies and vowed to clean up the government by cutting its ties to shadowy tycoons.
However, people soon accused the former banker of defending the interests of the very same billionaires he had vowed to sideline.
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