KIEV (Web Desk) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation.
“Having done everything to ensure stability and make a smooth transition of power possible, I decided to step down from the post of prime minister of Ukraine,” the 41-year-old pro-Western cabinet chief said in a weekly television address.
The tough-talking prime minister’s decision comes barely two months after he survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote in his government, and after just over two years in the post.
He said President Petro Poroshenko’s party had already nominated parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman to succeed him and that he would not stand in the way.
“From today onwards, I see my goals in a broader light than just heading the government,” said Yatsenyuk.
He vowed to push through “new election legislation, constitutional reform, legal reforms, a coalition controlling the future government’s course, international support for Ukraine, and its membership in the European Union and NATO”. But he failed to mention what possible role he saw for himself in Ukrainian politics or how he would achieve those goals.