Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has announced his decision to resign following the next meeting of the government on Wednesday, May 22.
"I think you all are aware that the government demits office before the newly elected Verkhovna Rada [Ukraine's parliament] rather than before the newly elected president. At the same time, I've made a decision to resign immediately after holding the government's next meeting on Wednesday," he said at a briefing in the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday.
Groysman added that newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky, during the inauguration speech, said the current government should resign.
According to the prime minister, the new president has taken charge of all future challenges being on the agenda.
"After the new president had been elected, I said I was aware of challenges and possible threats in the future. I suggested that the president and the parliament jointly draft a new agenda and very quickly take decisions that would make Ukraine stronger. The president has chosen a different way. I believe that today, with his statement, he took the entire responsibility before the future threats that are on the agenda," he said.
Groysman was appointed head of government on April 14, 2016.
He has repeatedly stated he plans to participate in parliamentary elections.
As UNIAN reported earlier, newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky on May 20 sworn the oath of allegiance to the people of Ukraine and officially became president. He also announced the Verkhovna Rada would be disbanded.