Ukraine president asks parliament to appoint political novice Honcharuk for PM

Ukraine president asks parliament to appoint political novice Honcharuk for PM
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy proposes 35 year old Oleksiy Honcharuk as Prime Minister
By bne IntelliNews August 29, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has proposed 35-year-old lawyer and respected liberal economist Oleksiy Honcharuk for the post of Prime Minister.

Zelenskiy has to submit the name of his proposed Prime Minister to the nation's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, for approval. Following the landslide victory of hhis newly formed party, Servant of the People (SOTP), in the July general election the acceptance of Honcharuk to the job of the nation's PM should be a formality.

The draft decree is registered on the parliament website on August 29.

Honcharuk is seen as a liberal market-orientated reformer. Most recently he worked as the deputy head of Zelenskiy’s office overseeing economic development and reforms. 

Honcharuk has a PhD in law and graduated from the National Academy of State Administration under the president of Ukraine. He spent his career as a lawyer, becoming lead partner in a firm specialising in real estate development. He also served as an adviser to Stepan Kubiv, the first deputy prime minister during the Petro Poroshenko administration.

Later he was head of Better Regulation Delivery Office, a European Union-funded independent policy institute aimed at improving the business environment and state regulation in economic sectors, reports the Kyiv Post.

Earlier this year, Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, who is widely considered to be a mentor and a sponsor of Zelenskiy, named his own short list of top candidates for the nation's PM post. The businessman said that state-owned natural gas monopoly Naftogaz's executive director Yuriy Vitrenko and Honcharuk are the top two candidates.