: RFE/RL: Ukraine's would-be Prime Minister is loyal Poroshenko ally - Volodymyr Groysman

13:09 Apr. 12, 2016

RFE/RL: Ukraine's would-be Prime Minister is loyal Poroshenko ally - Volodymyr Groysman

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Groysman during a briefing in Kyiv on April 11, 2016. (Photo UNIAN)

 Poroshenko's people continue occupying leading posts

The man identified by Ukraine's outgoing prime minister as his successor, Volodymyr Groysman, is a 38-year-old loyalist of President Petro Poroshenko who was thrust onto the national scene after the Euromaidan unrest that toppled a government, according to Radio Liberty.

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Hroysman's meteoric rise from mayoral upstart to speaker of a notoriously obstreperous parliament was fueled in part by perceptions that a relative outsider with little political baggage could unite rival lawmakers, but it also prompted questions about his inexperience and political indebtedness to Poroshenko. 

Announcing his planned resignation to avoid any "destabilization of the executive branch during a war" despite having batted down a no-confidence vote by lawmakers last month,  Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said the ruling Petro Poroshenko Bloc "has nominated" Hroysman to the head the next government. 

Read also 'Almost all positions in Ukraine's new Cabinet agreed' - Hroysman's spox

Hroysman, who recently underlined Kyiv's commitment to Western-backed reforms, responded by saying he was prepared to lead the next Ukrainian government.

However, reports from Kyiv overnight on April 11-12 said coalition talks had stalled over the makeup of a possible cabinet, and even suggested Hroysman had withdrawn from consideration. 

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