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Chernyshov, Oleksiy Kuleba may become ministers - sources

Their candidacies will first be discussed at the faction. 

Chernyshov, Oleksiy Kuleba may become ministers - sources
Government meeting on 16 February, 2024
Photo: Cabinet of Ministers

The Verkhovna Rada will consider the appointment of two ministers soon: of infrastructure and of regional development. The main candidate to head the Ministry of Infrastructure is Oleksiy Chernyshov, who has already worked in the government and is currently the head of Naftogaz.

Oleksiy Kuleba, the current deputy head of the Presidential Office and former head of the Kyiv Regional Military Administration, is a candidate for the Ministry of Regional Development. Parliamentary sources told that the appointments are being prepared. 

Chernyshov is running for the post of Infrastructure Minister, while Kuleba is running for the Ministry of Regional Development. In early May, Kuleba denied that he had been offered the post of head of this ministry. 

The candidates are to be approved at a meeting of the Servant of the People faction.

"We are waiting for the faction meeting. And the return of the president," one of the sources in the SP said.

According to the interlocutors, the faction meeting may take place tomorrow. 

Another source added: 

"There is a 99% chance that on Wednesday Oleksiy Kuleba will be appointed Minister of Regional Development and Oleksiy Chernyshov will be appointed Minister of Infrastructure," said the MP from the mono-majority. 

Vitaliy Bezgin, a member of the Servant of the People faction, confirmed in a comment to LB that a faction meeting was planned. 

"If these are the candidates that will be considered at the faction, I am convinced that the vast majority of members of our committee (on local self-government) will be definitely in favour. We have an extremely positive experience of cooperation with Oleksiy Chernyshov when he was the minister. And thanks to the synergy with Oleksiy Kuleba and the flourishing of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities under the President, we managed to keep decentralisation and regional policy afloat in early 2024," the MP said. 

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