Ukrainian parliamentary deputies have been commenting on the appointment of

Anatolii Kinakh as the Prime Minister of Ukraine.

Among the first to congratulate Mr. Kinakh was Oleksandr Karpov, chairman

of the People's Democratic Party fraction. Mr. Karpov told Ukrinform that the

fact that Mr. Kinakh received two more votes than initially expected

demonstrated that parliamentary deputies saw Mr. Kinakh as a balance,

business-like, constructive, "typical leader in a market/reform economy," and a

decent person "not prone to embezzling state assets."

Parliament Speaker Ivan Pliusch expressed satisfaction with fact that

parliamentary deputies approved a prime ministerial candidate on Tuesday

because he had earlier promised that a prime minister would be appointed in

May. According to him, the 239 votes that Mr. Kinakh received confirmed that

there is a majority in the parliament, although slightly smaller than the

previous majority.

Mr. Pliusch said that it will be possible to adopt the needed legislative

acts if Parliament and the government cooperate.

The People's Democratic Party's President Viktor Pustovoitenko described

Mr. Kinakh as a person that is very worthy of the post of Prime Minister. He

expressed the view that a new government will be formed quickly.

The Green Party fraction's leader Vitalii Kononov described as positive the

fact that a new Prime Minister was selected before the next parliamentary

elections. He stressed the importance of the fact that Mr. Kinakh is a centrist.

Fairness Party leader Ivan Chizh expressed the wish that the future

government will be able to rise above the forthcoming parliamentary elections

and continue implementing a new policy. He added that he would like the new

government to be a government of development and stability and not a government

of "temporariness." Mr. Chizh said that Mr. Kinakh and the next government have

good prospects if they adequately respond to public expectations, particularly

social expectations.

Former President Leonid Kravchuk, a member of the United Social Democratic

Party, described Mr. Kinakh as a person that is committed to reform. According

to him, Mr. Kinakh's task now is to establish cooperation with the parliament.

Mr. Kravchuk said that the political parties whose parliamentary

representatives did not vote in favor of Mr. Kinakh's approval will not want to

cooperate with the new government. Therefore, he called on those parties to

recall their representatives from the government so that they can be replaced

by the representatives of those willing to cooperate with the government.

Socialist Party leader Oleksandr Moroz said that his party is not

interested in cabinet posts and the his party will not negotiate with the

government on cabinet posts because the government "will not be able to conduct

an independent policy."

According to Mr. Moroz, Mr. Kinakh received 16 votes from the Socialist

Party only to avoid appointment of an acting Prime Minister.

The Labor Ukraine fraction's leader Ihor Sharov told Ukrinform that there

will be no progress in developing the society without constructive cooperation

between the government and the parliament. He called on the new Prime Minister,

the government, and the parliament to do everything to facilitate cooperation.

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