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Chairman of the Servant of the People faction in Ukraine's parliament David Arakhamia says minor reshuffle is possible in the Cabinet of Ministers before the local elections across the country.

"At least one [official] may resign before local elections," he told journalists on September 15, as reported by an UNIAN correspondent.

At the same time, he stopped short of specifying the minister in question.

Arakhamia assured that "[Ukrainian Finance Minister Serhiy] Marchenko is not under threat."

Read alsoCabinet approved amendments to Tax Code for 2021 national budgetHe stressed that members of the working group who had prepared the 2021 budget draft should continue their work and bear responsibility for the document.

According to Arakhamia, if the Cabinet composition changes, the new officials will say the draft budget is the brainchild of their predecessors. Thus, everyone will try to evade responsibility.

The 2021 national budget draft

The draft national budget for 2021, which was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on September 14, 2020, provides for revenue at UAH 1.071 trillion (US$38.3 billion), while spending at UAH 1.35 trillion (US$48.2 billion). The deficit is expected to fall to 6% of GDP next year. The budget deficit is capped at UAH 270 billion (US$9.6 billion).

On the same day, the document was tabled at the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.