Honacharuk appointed Ukraine’s Prime Minister

epa07801420 Oleksiy Goncharuk speaks to newly elected deputies during a session of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, 29 August 2019. Oleksiy Goncharuk was named as new Prime Minister of Ukraine. It was the first parliamentary session following the July elections in the country. Ukrainians took part in the parliamentary elections on 21 July 2019 after President Volodymyr Zelensky dissolved previous parliament during his inauguration on 21 May 2019. EPA-EFE/SERGEY DOLZHENKO

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Oleksiy Honcharuk was appointed as Ukraine’s prime minister on Thursday, and said economic reforms aimed at accelerating growth would be the focus of his premiership.

The 35-year-old lawyer’s nomination was ratified after it was presented earlier in the day by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy – who warned the legislature that it risked being dissolved if it dragged its feet over reforms.

“This government is facing the task of accelerating economic growth,” Honcharuk told lawmakers.

“We need to grow, but to grow not by 2-3 percent, but minimum by 5-7 percent,” he said, adding that speed and successful economic reforms would be the focus of his cabinet.

He also said that Ukraine would continue to cooperate with the International Monetary Fund and start talks over a new program – which would replace an existing $3.9 billion standby deal – in a few weeks.

Via Reuters / The Chronicle Herald 

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