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Ukrainian president's office suggests new lineup for speaker's PM bid

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Ukrainian president's office suggests new lineup for speaker's PM bid
Volodymyr Hroysman
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The presidential administration has drafted a new lineup of Volodymyr Hroysman's government in case the current parliament speaker is elected as prime minister.

Judging by Vitaliy Kovalchuk's new potential post of the first deputy prime minister, this lineup is a raw version. According to information available to LB.ua, Hroysman does not mind having Kovalchuk as first deputy prime minister but only on condition that he is given no real power.

Overall, this lineup has been in the know for a while, albeit some recent updates. As far as LB.ua is aware, the key posts will be assigned as follows:

- Deputy Prime Minister and Economic Development Minister Borys Lozhkin. He is still a top candidate despite his recent statement that he is inclined to reject any offer of government job. If Lozhkin remains firm about his refusal, he can be replaced by Oleksandr Shlapak;

- First Deputy Prime Minister Vitaliy Kovalchuk. His nomination is still being discussed;

- Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Pavlo Rozenko;

- Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze;

- Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko;

- Agrarian Policy Minister Taras Kutovyy;

- Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš (he will have to accept Ukrainian citizenship and automatically lose the Slovak one)

- Infrastructure minister, to be nominated by the People's Front;

- Social Policy Minister Andriy Reva, the Vinnytsya mayor's deputy for social policy;

- Energy and coal industry minister - candidates include Volodymyr Demchyshyn, Ihor Nasalyk and Yuliya Kovaliv (incumbent deputy economic development minister);

- Interior Minister Arsen Avakov;

- Justice Minister Pavlo Petrenko;

- Information Minister Yuriy Stets;

- Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk;

- Health Minister Dmytro Shymkiv;

- Education Minister Liliya Hrynevych;

- Ecology and natural resources minister, to be nominated by Fatherland;

- Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Volodymyr Slyshynskyy;

- State Fiscal Service Nina Yuzhanina;

- parliament speaker Andriy Parubiy;

- first deputy speaker Iryna Herashchenko.

Oleh Lyashko's Radical Party will only enter the coalition if it is entitled to the speaker's post, to which the People's Front flatly objects.

Incumbent Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk is waiting for President Petro Poroshenko to visit the USA on 30 March-1 April, where he expects him to be advised to preserve the current layout.

Earlier, Hroysman also mentioned Deputy Economic Development Minister Maksym Nefyodov among people he would like to see in his team.