Ukraine appoints pro-EU Groysman as PM

Kiev—Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday appointed pro-Western speaker Volodymyr Groysman as prime minister in a bid to end months of political gridlock and unlock vital aid to the war torn-state.
Lawmakers voted by 257 to 50 to approve the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk — condemned by President Petro Poroshenko for losing the public’s trust — and select Groysman in the first cabinet overhaul since Ukraine’s 2014 pro-EU revolt.
“We have to end the crisis and ensure the permanence of our course toward European integration and the resumption of economic growth,” the 38-year-old Groysman told deputies shortly before the vote.
“We have to accelerate the pace of reforms. I would like to see this government restore the public’s trust.” Poroshenko himself called Groysman “a politician from a new generation” who could tackle “the real possibility of Ukraine turning into a state of chaos”.—Agencies

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