Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers is on the verge of personnel changes. Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk announced the possibility of the appearance of the Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, as well as the division of the Ministry of Veterans and Occupied Territories into two departments. However, according to UA-Times sources, Zelensky’s team most likely will not have any personnel decisions until the deputies vote for the bill on the land market.
For the PM’s new vice
The upcoming changes in the government were announced by Prime Minister Oleksii Honcharuk.On the TV, he spoke about the appearance of the Ministry for Occupied Territories, which may be headed by the current representative of Ukraine in the Tripartite Contact Group, Oleksii Reznikov the former deputy chairman of the Kyiv city state administration Vitali Klitschko.
“We decided to separate the Ministry of Veterans and the Occupied Territories, so there will be a separate ministry. We offered this position to the well-known lawyer Oleksii Reznikov ,” Honcharuk said.
A new face, the prime minister also promises the economic and social blocs of government. “Many options are being discussed. We want to strengthen the economic block, because we have a focus on attracting investment. The government needs a person who will coordinate the bloc of economy, energy and infrastructure, “Honcharuk said , this could be a new deputy prime minister.
Among the applicants for this position are the ex-head of the SBU Valery Khoroshkovsky (2010-2012), the Deputy Prime Minister of 2010-2012 Sergiy Tigipko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Yulia Kovaliv, former Minister of Finance Viktor Pynzenyk (2005-2006 and 2007-2009), as well as the ex-CEO of Zaporizhstal from the empire of the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov Rostislav Shurmu. However, according to Honcharuk, Shurma’s candidacy is not in the final shortlist.
Actually, the current Minister of Economic Development Tymofiy Mylovanov will surely remain in the government, however, some of the powers will be transferred to the new deputy prime minister.
The social Ministry can also get its own deputy prime minister. “It is planned to strengthen the social block, since in Ukraine 10 million Ukrainians are below the poverty line,” prime minister said.
According to UA-Times sources from Zelensky’s team, Galina Tretyakova, the current head of the BP Social Policy Committee, is considered. She can also be the candidate for the Social affaires.
The broom of change threatens the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education. According to UA-Times sources, in particular, Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko, Education Minister Anna Novosad can formally leave the with Alena Babak. According to our sources, the candidacy of ex-deputy minister Olena Zerkal was discussed to replace prystaiko. this issue is nothing more a discussions. However, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs denies the rumors about his resignation.
But the possibility of the resignation of Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk today has significantly decreased, although the sediment from his written resignation statement in mid-January remained.
Recall that among the applicants for his chair, they called the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Dmytro Dubilet, commercial director of Naftogaz Ukrainy Yuriy Vitrenko and even the head of the oil and gas monopolist Andriy Kobolyev. However, they cannot find a candidate who will receive 226 votes in the Verkhovna Rada.
Change the Cabinet of the West to “Ze” & oligarchs Cabinet
Political analyst Ruslan Bortnik in a UA-Times commentary noted that today the conditions for the resignation and the rotation of the government is available after voting for a bill on the land market. “Firstly, the government has accumulated significant anti-rating (according to a study by the Alexander Yaremenko Institute of Sociology and the Social Monitoring Center, the government’s anti-rating is 68% today, UA-Times), which also affects the president’s popularity,” Bortnik said.
“The government missed several media attacks, in particular,
the story of high salaries in government. the Salary crisis exacerbated because the tape scandel crise, as well as the failure to fulfill promises to reduce tariffs, ”Bortnik added.
The political scientist adds corruption risks to the bank of “minuses” of government, recalling the story of an employee of the Cabinet secretariat who was caught in a bribe Recently.
Ruslan Bortnik believes that Zelensky did not dare to dismiss the government due to risks in relations with the West, as well as the need for “land reform.”
The expert predicts that in the newly formed Cabinet, most of the ministers will be the Zelensky’s party members , “whereas in the current majority our western partners have.” However, it will be more difficult to bring new ministers through the Rada.
“When the government of Honcharuk was appointed, Zelensky came to the party members and said:“ Here is a list and no discussions. And they voted without any questions. Now i think it will not be like that, ”the expert added.
Bortnik suggests that the “parliamentary swamp” will be able to provide the votes needed for the appointments and added that the government has enough leverage to ensure the result is 226 votes in favor. The expert predicts that there will be 3-5 new ministers and 1-2 deputy prime ministers in the renewed Honcahruk’s goverment.
Political analyst Dmitry Korneychuk has a similar opinion. According to him, the president did not decide on the resignation of Prime Minister Alexei Goncharuk, because he had not yet “assumed responsibility for the sale of land.” Speaking about possible rotations in the government, the expert expressed the opinion that new posts in the Cabinet are created to meet the interests of Ukrainian oligarchs and nothing more.