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Ukrainian PM initiates finance minister's dismissal

Ukrainian PM initiates finance minister's dismissal
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Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has signed a motion to parliament to dismiss Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk.

"I have signed a motion to parliament to dismiss Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk. After a conflict he provoked at a government meeting, he made steps which, in my opinion, are incompatible with his further stay as a Cabinet of Ministers member. The distribution of distorted information among our international partners on the eve of important negotiations between Ukraine and the EU could jeopardize their results," Groysman said on Facebook.

On 23 May, Danylyuk once again demanded that his adviser Yana Buhrymova be appointed deputy minister, though in vain. The broadcast of the meeting was stopped but government members present at the meeting said that his request was declined. During a verbal exchange between the finance minister and the prime minister, Danylyuk suggested he may well be dismissed.

According to later reports, Danylyuk wrote a letter to G7 ambassadors to present his view on the conflict with Groysman. In it, he said that President Petro Poroshenko was trying to push for the appointment of a different person. Danylyuk also accused the authorities of reforming the State Fiscal Service.

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