"I decided to resign from the post of Ukraine's prime minister. On Tuesday, April 12, the decision will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament]," Yatsenyuk said as quoted by Ukrainian TV channels on Sunday.
Yatsenyuk said he's leaving his post due to these nine reasons:
1. The ongoing political crisis in the parliament has been artificially orchestrated and "certain forces" within the parliament worked to dismiss the prime minister from his post.
2. The political crisis paralyzed the government. Yatsenyuk's plan to solve the ongoing parliamentary crisis wasn't approved. Earlier the Yatsenyuk government survived a no-confidence vote which provoked various factions to leave the ruling parliamentary coalition.
3. Yatsenyuk said he wasn't fighting for his prime minister chair. "The post isn't a privilege, but a tool," Yatsenyuk was quoted.
4. His resignation might restore the coalition majority in the Ukrainian government. Yatsenyuk's party, the Popular Front, will remain a part of the coalition in the parliament.
5. Parliamentary Speaker Volodymir Groisman from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc party has been nominated by the president to replace Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister. Yatsenyuk promised to help the new prime minister to ensure the smooth transition of power.
6. According to Yatsenyuk, his party, the Popular Front, remains his main support and is working to create a new coalition. "Ratings are a changeable thing," the ex-Prime Minister said.
7. Yatsenyuk blamed his coalition partners for weakness, saying they couldn't "sustain high standards" and couldn't "make tough decisions" when they had to be made. He also stressed that if a new government isn't formed, Ukraine would face destabilization.
8. The ex-Prime Minister said he succeeded in making a series of reforms in the army, police, Ukraine's financial and economic development and other areas.
9. Yatsenyuk reminded Ukrainians about his and the Popular Front's program which are the policies of European integration and decent living conditions. In the end, Yatsenyuk wishes his successor the best.