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Ukraine's President Sees Finance Minister, Lviv Mayor As Potential New Prime Minister

Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko

Ukraine’s president sees Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko and Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy as possible candidates to take over as prime minister.

Petro Poroshenko’s spokesman, Svyatoslav Tseholko, said on Facebook that the president meets on March 14 with party leaders to discuss cabinet changes to accelerate reform while “preserving pro-European policies.”

Tseholko said one option was appointing Jaresko, a foreign-born former investment manager, at the head of a technocrat government, and another was a government led by the chief of the pro-European Samopomich (Self Help) party.

Meanwhile, Poroshenko’s party reiterated that Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk should resign.

Ukraine is embroiled in its worst political crisis in two years.

Poroshenko’s political coalition has collapsed over efforts to stamp out graft.

But Yatsenyuk refuses to step down after he survived a no-confidence vote last month, triggered by Poroshenko’s party.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Bloomberg