Ukraine's Prime Minister Fights for His Position

Feb 19, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (R) addresses the parliament after lawmakers failed to remove him from power with a no-confidence vote Feb. 16. After two years in office, the pro-Western leader has lost much of the Ukrainian public's support.

Ukraine's ruling coalition is unraveling. On Feb. 18, the Self Reliance Party became the third party to exit the coalition in four months, leaving it without a majority in congress and floundering under the tenuous leadership of a prime minister who himself is under fire. Still, after escaping a no-confidence vote on Feb. 16, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has a chance to reconsolidate his control of the government. If he can pull some of the defectors back in, Yatsenyuk may be able to stabilize the political system enough to ensure that Ukraine keeps receiving much-needed payments from the International Monetary Fund. ...

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