Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ukrainian government survives no-confidence vote

February 17, 2016 (Ukraine Today international information channel) Ukraine's cabinet has survived a vote of no confidence. 194 MPs voted yesterday in favor of ousting of Prime Minister Yatsenyuk's government from power, out of the 226 votes needed. Earlier Ukraine's President Poroshenko called for Yatsenyuk to resign.

The decision avoids government collapse and a snap election which would have created further uncertainty among the Western backers. Hundreds of people are gathered outside the parliament in Kyiv. Demonstrators are holding flags and banners calling on the resignation of Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The rally comes as Yatsenyuk's government is facing a vote of no confidence. The premier's popularity dropped into the single digits after tough austerity measures and the slow pace of reforms.
Yevgeniy, pensioner: "Arseny (Yatseniuk) promised us that they would close illegal financial flows. Did they close them? Our lives are worse. So then where is the money which they promised to give to the people? They said that everyone would have better lives. It is very difficult to make a living. You understand this, right? There are no reforms, not in the police, not in the prosecutor general's office. Protection of corrupted people is everywhere. No one was put into jail."