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Arseniy Yatsenyuk: We should carry out reformatting the coalition, update the coalition agreement, comptete forming the Cabinet of Ministers and advance further bringing about correct changes
17.02.2016 | 18:02

"We are engaged into political consultations, including with the Radical Party of Oleh Liashko, in order to reformat the coalition, to update the coalition agreement, to complete forming of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and to advance further bringing about correct changes for the country. And these changes imply very clear steps in implementation of reforms", said Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk during a Government meeting on Wednesday, February 17.

"The political war of everyone against everyone means war against the country. We must learn to turn the page and bury the hatchet. A crisis is always an opportunity and we must seize this opportunity. We, as the Government, proclaimed our principles which include a new quality of Ukrainian politics and a strong Cabinet of Ministers, the strong support of the Parliament and the President in the process of implementation of reforms. We have every opportunity to do that", stressed the Head of Government.

"I believe that the President would support this stance which is to ensure political stabilization within the country", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The Prime Minister informed that day there had been summoned several meetings with members of the Government "on a plan of action following yesterday's vote in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine": "What was happening yesterday was very far from the high democratic standards of the Parliament and parliamentarianism itself. We did not hear concrete criticism and concrete proposals".

"In fact, there was provoked an artificial political crisis. And the purpose of this provoked political crisis is early elections. This is nothing else but a struggle for power", stressed the Head of Government.

"The Government is fighting for the country. Hence, we appeal to all responsible political forces, to the President of the country and the entire society that we need to be level-headed and move along the path of reform and change in Ukraine", accentuated the Prime Minister.

He reminded that the Government of Ukraine had presented an action plan to follow in 2016: "I hope that all our partners in the Parliament as well as the President will support this plan of action", urging to submit proposals to the action plan regarding "what should be done in the country but not who is to blame": "Those are to blame who lack political commitment, political responsibility and political will to bring about changes and transformations".

"I believe that the Parliament will draw conclusions from the process of considering the issue we had yesterday. The Government will draw conclusions as well," he said.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed that the Cabinet of Ministers considers it necessary "to strengthen cooperation between the Government and the Parliament, to ensure joint political responsibility for the fate of the country and the steps to be done in the future."

"We realized that it is necessary to reformat the coalition and make changes to the coalition agreement", noted the Head of Government.

He told he had had a meeting with the President of Ukraine, the head of the PPB faction, head of the People’s Front faction, and had just had a conversation with the head of the Radical Party faction Oleh Liashko: "He declared that they are ready to negotiate the reformatting of the coalition and to include changes into the coalition agreement and, therefore, new rules and principles."

"Our rules and principles have already been announced by the Government in the past two weeks. These include honesty, transparency, zero tolerance for corruption and real steps on the way of reforms," urged Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the Cabinet of Ministers once again appeals to the political partners to help to fill posts in the Government: "It is crucial to ensure that our political partners could provide a clear list of names of those who will fill posts in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, to prolong the reforms in the country."

He highlighted as of great importance right now "to achieve political stability, which is the key to economic and social stability within the country, to gain continued support for Ukraine from our Western partners. All these factors will instil confidence in the Ukrainian people that the Ukrainian political class, that was elected through the parliamentary elections two years ago, is really capable to carry out reforms, to take full responsibility and to preserve unity."


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