President Viktor Yushchenko on Thursday backed Yulia Tymoshenko to become Ukraine`s prime minister. Basing on the conditions of staff distributing, determined in the coalition agreement, we asked experts to dwell on who will occupy this or that position in the government. Those polled include Oleh Pokalchuk, Kost Bondarenko, Victor Nebozhenko, Vadym Karasyov.
We should admit that, in the opinion of some experts, the distribution of posts, proposed by the coalition agreement, will change. Because, if the law on the Cabinet of Ministers is adopted earlier, the number of Deputy Prime Ministers will change.
Top deputy Prime Minister: Oleksander Turchynov, Yosyf Vynskiy, Victor Pinzenyk (as if his post will be combined with the post of Finance Minister).
Agricultural Policy Minister: Ivan Kyrylenko, Yosyf Vinskiy.
Economics Minister: Victor Pinzenyk.
Environment Protection Minister: somebody from the Bloc’s “business-part”.
Transport and Communication Minister: somebody from the Bloc’s “business-part”.
According to rumors, if David Zhvania will not pretend for this post, BYuT is ready exchange this post for something else.
Finance Minister: the post will be combined with that of Top Deputy Prime Minister.
Coal Industry Minister: Mykhaylo Volynets.
Labor and Social Policy Minister: Liudmyla Denysova.
Fuel-Energy Minister: Mykola Syvulskiy, Serhiy Yermilov.
Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitartian Issues: Ivan Vasiunyk.
Regional Development Minister: Anatoliy Matviyenko.
Foreign Minister: Oleksander Chaliy, Volodymyr Ohryzko, Roman Shpek.
Justice Minister: Mykola Onyshuk, Roman Zvarych, Maryna Stavniychuk.
Education and Science Minister: Vyacheslav Bryukhovetskiy.
Defense Minister: Anatoliy Hrytsenko.
Emergency Minister: David Zhvania.
Family, Youth, and Sports Minister: Vladyslav Kaskiv.
Culture Minister: Sviatoslav Vakarchuk.
It is quite interesting that none of the experts did not see Yuri Lutsenko in the government. However, according to forecasts, he may receive either the post of the Prosecutor General, or Kyiv Mayor.
Oleh Pokalchuk, commercial director of Russian-Ukrainian Informational Center:
One should not think that powerful politicians of the democratic coalition have a big desire to work in the Tymoshenko government, because the government will work in a manual regime, and Ministers will have just to water flowers in the government’s yard.
Besides, it is understandable that this government will work for the future presidential campaign, thus, the authorities of the key ministers will be minimal, and the responsibility must be divided as 70 to 30, so, I think, the quota principle will not be observed.
Victor Nebozhenko, political scientist:
It will be one of the saddest governments in the Ukrainian history. Because everybody understands they will take “their fellows” and not professionals. Tymoshenko will have to compromise and chose from the old, rather “stagnant” range of Our Ukraine, where every second feels himself a Deputy Premier or a Minister. She does not have any other way to receive the confidence vote. In this situation, the staff of her government may be very unexpected, ill-matched, and badly governed.
Dmytro Vydrin, political scientist:
This government is for a half-year at the most, so it is no sense speaking about who will enter the government. We will see a repetition – plus-minus – of the government of year 2005.