Ukrainian parliament defies new president, keeps Cabinet
KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian lawmakers on Thursday refused to accept the Cabinet’s resignation in another snub to the nation’s newly sworn-in president.
Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the comedian who won a landslide victory in last month’s presidential election, faces a hostile parliament dominated by former President Petro Poroshenko’s supporters.
Zelenskiy called snap parliamentary elections for July 21 in a bid to get more of his supporters into parliament.
In anticipation of that, lawmakers have sought to block the president’s efforts to form a more loyal Cabinet.
The Verkhovna Rada refused on Thursday to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, keeping his Cabinet in place.
That vote follows the parliament turning down a proposal by Zelenskiy to amend the electoral law last week.
Despite the Rada’s resistance, Zelenskiy on Thursday asked parliament to dismiss three top Poroshenko loyalists — Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Defense Minister Spean Poltorak and SBU Security service chief Vasyl Gritsak. A date has not yet been set for a vote. /gg
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