KIEV, 17 January (BelTA - UKRINFORM) – Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk handed in his resignation letter. He announced his decision in a Facebook post.
“I assumed this post to execute the president's program. He is a model of openness and decency for me. However, in order to cast away any doubts about our respect and trust in the president, I wrote a letter of resignation and handed it to the president for introduction to Parliament,” he said on Facebook.
The head of government added that the Ukrainian people showed an unprecedented confidence in the president, so he has every right to assess the performance of each member of his team.
The reason behind the decision, according to Oleksiy Honcharuk, was an audio leaked online. He said that the recording was a compilation of different fragments of what had been said at government meetings. “Its content create an artificial impression that my team and I do not respect the president. Many groups of influence, who are trying to gain access to financial flows, benefit from making it look like this. But this is not true,” the prime minister remarked.
The president's office announced on Twitter that it received the prime minister's resignation letter. “The president will review the letter and inform the public of his decision,” the message reads.