Ukrainian Prime Minister To Resign

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Apr 10, 2016 7:15 PM
Ukrainian Prime Minister To Resign

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will resign from his post on Tuesday, the BBC is reporting. Yatsenyuk announced his resignation on Twitter. Yatsenyuk has been in office since February 2014.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk's resignation comes as no surprise. According to opinion polls, his party's popularity had plummeted and he narrowly survived a vote of no confidence in parliament in February.

President Petro Poroshenko could now consolidate his power if he can install Volodymyr Groysman, a member of his own party, as the next prime minister.

Mr Poroshenko and a new government will be under intense pressure, both from Ukraine's European and American partners, and the Ukrainian people, to implement real reform.

Several high-profile reformers have left the government in recent weeks, claiming it was failing to tackle corruption.

Yatsenyuk promised to combat corruption when he first came in to power, but clearly wasn't able to.