Ukrainian President rejects resignation letter from his PM

Published On January 17, 2020 | By Jeremy Yudin | News, Politics
Oleksiy Honcharuk, Ukrainian politician nominated to become new Prime Minister, addresses lawmakers during the first session of the newly elected parliament in Kiev, Ukraine August 29, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Jeremy Yudin

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky rejected Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk’s resignation letter. The events transpired after a recording that criticized Zelensky was leaked.

In a video released by Zelensky’s office, the president called the situation “unpleasant” but said he had decided to “give a chance” to Honcharuk and his cabinet.

The resignation letter, which was posted on Honcharuk’s Facebook Friday, follows a tape that was leaked a few days ago when the prime minister criticized Zelensky for not knowing anything about the economy.

Honcharuk said that the recording was a compilation of “fragments of recorded government meetings” and blamed unidentified “influential groups” for making a false impression that respects the president. “It is not true,” the prime minister insisted.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends a ceremony to welcome Ukrainian citizens, who were exchanged during a prisoners of war (POWs) swap with the separatist self-proclaimed republics, at the Boryspil International Airport outside Kiev, Ukraine December 29, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Robert English, an International Relations professor at the University of Southern California told Humber News that President Zelensky would be following into a trap laid by his enemies if he were to accept the resignation letter.

“This is exactly what they want, to sow division between the President and Prime Minister, to impede reforms, to slow the government down,” he said.

English credits President Zelensky for not taking the bait.

“It appears that Zelensky might be a political neophyte, but he has quite a bit of political wisdom,” English said.

Former comedian

Zelensky, a 41-year old former actor and comedian, was elected last spring as President. Ironically Zelensky played as the president on his show
“Servant of the People.”

Honcharuk was elected last summer as prime minister. Honcharuk, who is a lawyer, has served as deputy head of the office for Zelensky since May of last year.

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