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Ukraine’s interim cabinet presented to protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square


Ukraine’s interim cabinet has been presented at Kiev’s main protest camp, the Maidan.

The Maidan council named Arseniy Yatsenyuk to become prime minister.

Ukraine’s new government – to be voted on by parliament on Thursday – includes leading activists.

Daunting challenges lie ahead, including fixing Ukraine’s struggling economy which faces default.

Meanwhile, ousted President Viktor Yanukovych has been put on the international wanted list.

Viktor Yanukovych is accused of being behind last week’s deaths of more than 100 protesters at the hands of riot police in and around the Maidan.

The Maidan council named Arseniy Yatsenyuk to become prime minister

The Maidan council named Arseniy Yatsenyuk to become prime minister

The Maidan council – made up of protester groups and activists – announced its nominations at a big gathering of protesters at the camp, which is spread over Kiev’s Independence Square.

The council proposed Fatherland Party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk to lead the cabinet until after early presidential elections on May 25.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk – a former speaker of parliament and foreign minister – has been one of the main opposition leaders during the protests which first erupted in late November.

It was agreed that acting Defense Minister Arsen Avakov would keep his post. Other nominations include:

  • The key foreign affairs ministry portfolio goes to Andriy Deshchytsia, who played a key role in rallying diplomats in support of the protests
  • Overall Maidan commander Andriy Parubiy – who commands huge respect among the protesters – was named candidate for secretary of the National Security and Defence Council
  • Tetyana Chornovol and Dmytro Bulatov – prominent activists who were badly beaten by unknown attackers earlier this year – are set to head the anti-corruption bureau and the ministry of youth and sports respectively. [youtube hW031-_eJSM 650]
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