A spokesman for President Petro Poroshenko announced that he is considering current Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko or mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, for the position of Prime Minister.
On Monday, March 14, the President held meetings with leaders of factions and with Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyi, the leader of the Self-Reliance (Samopomich) political party, aiming to fast-track the solution to the political crisis. Svyatoslav Tseholko, spokesman for the President, posted the details on his Facebook page.
Tseholko described three options for overcoming the political crisis. His post outlines them as "First, Technocratic government (led by Natalie Jaresko) – in the case of uniting of all pro-European factions around a technocratic government; second, the political government (e.g., headed by Andriy Sadovyi). The purpose of this government, as well as of the previous one – is speeding up the tempo of reforms; third, if the parliamentary forces have other candidates, let them propose and find 226 votes in the Verkhovna Rada.”
In recent weeks, Ukrainian media actively speculated on the topic of Minister of Finance Natalie Jaresko’s possible premiership. Some media reported that allegedly she has already put together her team. A spokesman for the president assured that Poroshenko is ready to cooperate with any candidate from the coalition. Earlier on Monday, parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman recognized that three weeks of negotiations about resolving the crisis have been ineffective.