Following the resignation of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine has two possible development scenarios. Unfortunately, it is most likely that political instability and corruption will continue in the country, believes Director of Latvia’s Foreign Policy Institute Andris Spruds.
He explains that a representative of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko could take over power in the country and continue improving relations with the European Union, which is an area that has not seen a great deal of progress lately. This also applies to corruption-combating measures. In this context, Spruds mentioned the resignation of the Lithuanian minister in the country, which, to his mind, demonstrates that the country still has many unresolved problems.
As the second scenario, Spruds mentioned the possibility that the new government may be very unstable, because two parties will be able to collect the necessary number of votes. On top of that, mutual relations between those two parties are tense, to say the least. This could create a situation for the new government to fall. «It is possible that we will see parliamentary elections this year,» – said Spruds.
Spruds reminds that Poroshenko is gradually losing his authority. On top of that, there are also the compromising Panama documents for him to worry about. «The realistic scenario hides between the two,» – said Spruds, adding that political instability and corruption in the country will remain apparent in the country.
On Sunday, 10 April, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation. «I have decided to resign from the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine,» – said Yatsenyuk during an interview. He said the announcement regarding the dissolution of the government will be officially submitted on Tuesday, 12 April.
Yatsenyuk noted that Petro Poroshenko bloc’s parliamentary faction has proposed parliamentary speaker Volodimir Groisman as a candidate to replace Yatsenyuk.
«My decision was dictated by multiple reasons: political crisis in the country was created artificially, the desire to replace a single person has made politicians blind and has paralysed their desire to create any meaningful changes in the country, the government change process has become an reckless and mad race in place, authors of the crisis have become hostages of the situation, making hostages out of all of us,» – said the now former Prime Minister of Ukraine.
«Opposite to the situation and in spite of the overall absurdity and pointlessness of accusations, I had called for a plan to overcome the crisis. I had told the state, president and parliament – I do not hold tightly to my post. Leading the government is a burden, a tool – not a privilege. It is unacceptable to allow even a single state of destabilization of executive power in a time of war,» – added Yatsenyuk.
He also added that his party, People’s Front, will remain in the ruling coalition.