Ukraine's Poroshenko Hails End of Political Crisis

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Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a news conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo April 6, 2016. Thomas Peter/Reuters

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has announced the deadlock between parliament and his country's government is over, with the appointment of the new prime minister.

His former ally Arseniy Yatsenyuk officially resigned last week, after months of pressure both from Poroshenko, the opposition and the Ukrainian public. Poroshenko issued a thinly veiled request for Yatsenyuk to resign, calling for "a full reboot" of government in February. A parliamentary vote of no-confidence the same day failed to oust Yatsenyuk and all coalition partners except Poroshenko's party and Yatsenyuk's People's Front, withdrew their support.

Last week parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Groysman was appointed to succeed Yatsenyuk, following a close parliamentary vote.

Poroshenko addressed National Reform Council, the body formed by the him to oversee pro-European reforms, which comprises the cabinet, the speaker and finance officials, on Wednesday. The Ukrainian leader told ministers that the sheer fact they were meeting showed that the political crisis that caused the slow collapse of the previous government was over.

Poroshenko hailed the meeting as a "historical event" news site Ukrainskaya Pravda reports, urging ministers to show professional and political responsibility in government.

Groysman leads a charge of members from Poroshenko's Bloc Petro Poroshenko party to strengthen the party's presence in cabinet. The current coalition government is made up entirely of two parties—Bloc Petro Poroshenko and People's Front.

Key figures such as Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Minister of Defence Stepan Poltorak have retained their jobs, while the country is still without a Health Minister.

Unlike the previous government, Groysman's cabinet has no ministers from Fatherland, Oleh Lyashko's Radical Party and Self-Reliance, all of whom withdrew from government months ago. This theoretically means the coalition is less fractious, but questions remain how effective the new government will be in combatting the endemic corruption in Ukraine. An issue which, according to recent polls, has come to be perceived by Ukrainians as a problem as serious as the war against pro-Russian separatists in the east.

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