The Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman Resigned Early to Avoid Becoming a Scapegoat

The resignation of the Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman on the day of the inauguration of the new president, Vladimir Zelensky, is dictated by the desire to preserve his image and his chances of being elected for the next Verkhovna Rada, believes the Ukrainian expert Ruslan Bortnik.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine Vladimir Groisman said that on Wednesday he would submit his resignation letter. Under Ukrainian law, the decision on the resignation of the Prime Minister is made by the Verkhovna Rada. In the event that the Prime Minister resigns, the entire government resigns.

“The resignation itself was dictated primarily by his reluctance to become a scapegoat in this situation. Groisman hoped to cooperate with the new president, but after the nominal collapse of the coalition and today’s presidential statement, Groisman could be alone in this political system. Therefore, Groisman decided to keep at least some of his image and to resign earlier, which will allow him to preserve his chances of being elected to the next parliament,” said Bortnik in comment to RIA Novosti.

In his opinion, the Rada may accept this resignation. Bortnik also believes that Groisman’s party stands a chance of entering the parliament as a result of early elections.

“Potentially, given his influence on regional elites, andon his image as a business executive, Groisman’s party can potentially fight to overcome the entry barrier (5%.). It will not become a leading party in the parliament, but it may well have a small faction,” added the expert.

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