Ministry of Economy resigns blaming top officials in corruptions

UKRAINE - In Brief 03 Feb 2016 by Dmytro Boyarchuk

Ministry of Economy Ayvaras Abromavichus publicly informed about his decision to resign. He claimed that he is under extreme pressure and people from ruling group (he named Igor Kononenko, one of the eminence grises, formally Deputy Head of Block of Perto Poroshenko party) are demanding him to appoint corrupt people to supervise state companies. This statement will have far reaching consequences for the ruling coalition. Ayvaras Abromavichus was the champion in implementing reforms. He was the person who pushed through the parliament electronic procurement system Prozorro that proved to be extremely efficient. Also he made dozens of regulation improvements. The plan for 2016 was to privatize large part of state enterprises and clean this area from corruption. To large extent western donors tolerated corruption at the Cabinet because such people as Ayvaras Abromavichus were allowed to do their reformation work. After this resignation we anticipate both President Poroshenko and Prime-minister Yatsenyuk facing tough talks with all involved parties. Also this step will trigger a chain of political reactions with hardly predictable consequences. Important, Ayvaras Abromavichus was widely supported by civil society. His resignation will be a break of hopes for thousands activists and opinion-makers what will not pass that easily for the ruling group.

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