Poroshenko Eyes Finance Minister Jaresko, Lviv Mayor Sadovy as PM Material

© REUTERS / Gleb GaranichUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, January 14, 2016
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, January 14, 2016 - Sputnik International
The main candidates for the position of the Ukrainian prime minister are Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko and the mayor of the western city of Lviv and leader of the Samopomich Union, Andriy Sadovy, according to the president’s press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko.

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KIEV (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sees current Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko and the mayor of the western city of Lviv and leader of the Samopomich Union, Andriy Sadovy, as potential candidates for the post of prime minister, the president’s press secretary said Monday.

"Today, the president is meeting with the leaders of the [political] factions, in particular, currently — with leader of the Samopomich Andriy Sadovy. The purpose of all of the president's meetings with the political leaders is to accelerate the exiting from the political crisis. It's clear to everyone that a new coalition is needed to form a new government. There are three scenarios: a technocratic government (headed by Natalie Jaresko). Where all the pro-European factions are united around a technocratic government. A political government (for example, headed by Andriy Sadovy)," Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook.

The aim of the government, as was the case of the outgoing one, was to speed up the pace of reforms, he noted.

"If the parliamentary forces have other candidates, let them suggest [their options] and find 226 votes in the Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine’s parliament]. The president is ready to work with any candidate proposed by the coalition," Tsegolko added.

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Ukraine’s parliament has been in crisis, facing a de-facto collapse of its ruling coalition. On February 15, the parliamentary faction aligned to Poroshenko – the Petro Poroshenko Bloc – described the cabinet’s work in 2015 as unsatisfactory.

The following day, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s government survived a no-confidence vote, which forced various factions to leave the ruling parliamentary coalition. The next such vote is allowed no earlier than the next parliamentary session, scheduled to open on September 6.

The Ukrainian Constitution stipulates that the president may dismiss the parliament and hold snap elections if no ruling coalition is formed within 30 days.

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