Vladimir Groysman appointed Ukraine's prime minister

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Baku, April 14, AZERTAC

Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has endorsed Arseniy Yatsenyuk's resignation and appointed Vladimir Groysman as the new prime minister, according to TASS News Agency.

The parliament also recalled the decision on the unsatisfactory work of Yatsenyuk's government.

A total of 257 MPs backed this package of documents, above the required minimum of 226 votes.

Groysman later asked to allow him to step down as Rada's speaker. "I resign as the chairman of Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada," he said, promising to show what it means to rule the state at the post of the prime minister.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko earlier urged Rada members to approve Groysman as prime minister.

"I address you with a request to appoint prime minister today and approve the new format of the cabinet of ministers in the short term," Poroshenko addressed Rada deputies on Thursday.

"We will have a politically responsible government. This responsibility will be borne by two political forces and independent deputies that will stay in the coalition," he added.

"I note that Groysman is a politician of a new generation. He will probably become the youngest prime minister in Ukrainian history," Poroshenko said.

Poroshenko also proposed to keep Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak in their positions.

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