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Ukrainian president says to support any candidate for premier

Had there been the 1996 constitution, the political crisis would have been over, the president says.

Ukrainian president says to support any candidate for premier

President Petro Poroshenko has said he is ready to support any candidate for prime minister nominated by the parliamentary coalition.

Speaking at the Kharkiv National Interior Ministry, he said that under the 2004 constitution currently in effect, he is not responsible for appointing the prime minister.

"We live in the framework of a parliamentary-presidential republic. Had we had the 1996 constitution in effect now, I assure you the crisis would have been over. As the president, I would have nominated the prime minister, would have been responsible for him or her, parliament would have voted, the president would have appointed ministers by his decrees, and the issue would have been closed," he said.

He said that a new government should have been formed by 29 March.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk's lost parliament support and has been hanging in the air since mid-February.

As reported earlier, Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko said he was ready to chair a technocratic government on certain conditions. Parliament speaker Volodymyr Hroysman is also being considered for the post.

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