Ukraine PM submits resignation letter to Zelensky over leaked recordings

Oleksiy Honcharuk and Volodymyr Zełensky. Phot.

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has handed over a resignation letter to President Volodymyr Zełensky. He also gave the reasons for taking such step on his Facebook profile.

A day earlier, unknown individuals posted on the web the audio recordings in which some person is talking about Zełensky’s ‘primitive’ vision and knowledge of economics as well as his own competence; his voice being similar to that of the prime minister.

“I took up the post to implement the program of the President. For me, he is a paragon of honesty and integrity. However, to dispel doubts about our respect and trust in the President, I wrote a letter of resignation and submitted it to the President with the right to send it to the Parliament,” Ukrinform quotes Honcharuk.

According to the top official, the Ukrainian govt would keep working as usual until president decides on his resignation.

In turn, the Ukrainian leader demanded the law enforcement agencies find out who made the recordings of conversations during a meeting of Oleksiy Honcharuk, other ministers, and representatives of the National Bank of Ukraine as soon as possible.

The 35-year-old economist Oleksiy Honcharuk has become the youngest head of government ever in the history of independent Ukraine. Being an alumnus of the National State Management Academy, he worked for a number of law firms and provide advice on trade and economic matters to, among others, cabinet ministers.

Oleksiy Honcharuk took the office of prime minister in August, 2019 . Earlier, in May, he was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration, which then changed its name to the President’s Office. His field of responsibility was economic development and reforming.

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