Poroshenko asks to keep Yatseniuk on as PM

14:43, 31 October 2014
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, meeting with candidate MPs from his Bloc of Petro Poroshenko political grouping on Friday, asked them to support the nomination of current Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk for the premiership of the new government.

Photo from presidential Twitter account @poroshenko

Poroshenko said this on Twitter.

Yatseniuk had been widely expected to retain his job after the parliamentary elections on October 26, but recent tense talks between the Bloc of Poroshenko and Yatseniuk’s Popular Front Party on forming a ruling coalition had thrown some doubt on his reappointment.

In particular, a Bloc of Poroshenko spokesman on Thursday said that “at least two” candidates were being considered for the post, after Yatseniuk rejected the Poroshenko Bloc’s draft text of a coalition agreement and put forward his own.

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