Ukraine PM Yatseniuk resigns

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 6:55 PM

Yatseniuk has resisted pressure to resign since surviving a no-confidence motion against his government in February, but Ukraine'south political crisis has fractured the ruling coalition and further delayed the disbursement of aid below a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund bailout program."I've taken the decision to resign as prime minister of Ukraine.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk tendered his resignation in a televised broadcast on Sun and signaled support for parliamentary speaker and presidential ally Volodymyr Groysman to get over his post.

Yatseniuk has resisted pressure to resign since surviving a no-confidence motion against his government in February, but Ukraine'south political crisis has fractured the ruling coalition and further delayed the disbursement of aid below a $17.5 billion International Monetary Fund bailout program.

"I've taken the decision to resign as prime minister of Ukraine. On Tuesday, April twelve, my request will be submitted to the parliament," Yatseniuk said in televised broadcast.

"The political crisis in the country was created artificially. The desire to modify one person blinded politicians and paralyzed their political will for genuine change. The process of changing the government turned into a mindless running in place," he said.

President Petro Poroshenko'south faction (BPP) and Yatseniuk'south People'south Front party were expected to announce the formation of a new coalition following week.

In his speech, Yatseniuk said his party was committed to the coalition and appeared to hand over the reins of government to Groysman.

"We cannot authorize detribalization of the executive department during a war. This would be inevitable, if after this resignation a new government of Ukraine isn't selected immediately," he said.

"The parliamentary faction of the Obstruct of Petro Poroshenko has nominated Volodymyr Groysman to the post of Prime Minister. Having done everything to ensure stability and continuity of our course, I declare my decision to transfer the obligations and responsibilities of the head of government of Ukraine," he said.

(Reporting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Tom Heneghan)

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