Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk survives no-confidence vote

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived a no-confidence vote shortly after Ukrainian MPs voiced their dissatisfaction over the Cabinet’s work. The vote came hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Yatsenyuk to resign, saying that the public had lost trust in his ability to fight corruption.

“Is it not clear that successful reforms can only be conducted by a government that enjoys sufficiently high public support?” Poroshenko stated.

The Prime Minister arrived in the chambers of the Verkovna Rada shortly after the President’s statement was released, stating “we will accept any decision of this parliament… but regardless of what is decided, I ask parliament, the President, and the responsible political classes to move further along the path of reforms.

194 out of 339 MPs voted in favor of the no-confidence motion, short of the 226 needed for it to be passed.

Any Yatsenyuk resignation would still need to be approved by the Verkovna Rada, though given the dissatisfaction of Ukrainian lawmakers towards the current Cabinet, the approval would be likely.

Yatsenyuk came to power in 2014 following the Maidan movement that saw the removal of former pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. His popularity has decreased significantly over the last few months due to the failure of the Cabinet to effectively combat corruption.

  Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Petro Poroshenko, Corruption