Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has signed a motion for the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk.
“I have signed a motion for the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk from his position. After the conflict he provoked at the government session, he allowed himself to take actions which, in my view, are incompatible with him remaining a member of the Cabinet of Ministers. The distribution of distorted information among our international partners the day before negotiations with the EU which are important to Ukraine could threaten their results,” Groysman wrote Groysman on Facebook.
On May 23 at a government session, Danylyuk unsuccessfully attempted to have his advisor Yana Bugrimova appointed as his deputy. Public broadcasting of the session was halted, but those present reported that, after a short fight with Groysman, the minister’s request was denied. During the exchange of views, Danylyuk even announced that his resignation notice would be prepared.
In a comment on the situation with Danylyuk, Groysman considered it possible that the finance minister had decided to resign in order to appear the victim in the situation.
Shortly thereafter, news came out that Danylyuk had written a letter to the ambassadors of the Group of Seven countries with a presentation of his side of the conflict with the prime minister.
According to him, President Petro Poroshenko tried to appoint as deputy finance minister a person who had been lobbied for by Ihor Kononenko and Nina Yuzhanina – initially Ihor Umansky, and later Svetlana Vorobey. Since Danylyuk did not consent to either candidate, he had already worked for two years without a deputy.
Danylyuk also said that the current government has obstructed the reformation of the State Fiscal Service.