President Zelensky’s representative announces plans to dismiss the heads of four government departments
The representative of the Ukrainian President in the Verkhovna Rada, Ruslan Stefanchuk, during an interview on 1+1 TV channel, said that the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky plans to propose to the Ukrainian Parliament to dismiss the Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko next week. He will also offer to dismiss the Foreign, Defense, and Security Ministers.
He also noted that negotiations on new candidates for the posts continue. However, the representative of the Ukrainian President refused to mention the names of possible candidates, reports TSN TV channel.
Zelensky’s draft resolutions on the dismissal of Pavlo Klimkin from the post of the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Stepan Poltorak from the position of Minister of Defense of Ukraine and Vasyl Hrytsak from the post of head of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) were registered in Parliament on May 30. However, Parliament refused to accept their resignation. All three positions belong to the so-called presidential quota - only the President has the right to propose candidates for these positions.
On May 20, during the inauguration ceremony, newly elected President Volodymyr Zelensky asked the Verkhovna Rada to dismiss Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko, head of the SBU Vasyl Hrytsak and Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, who had been in their positions since October 2014. Shortly after that, the Ukrainian Defense Minister wrote a letter of resignation.