Vitaliy Zhuravsky, Ukrainian lawyer and politician, talks about the bleak prospects of the new government of the Zelensky team.
The government promised a government with new faces with an economy guru at the head. What do we have in practice?
March 4 Verkhovna Rada at an extraordinary meeting approved the updated composition of the Cabinet. The allegedly new government with new faces consists of familiar faces who are not new at all. Denis Priestayko – appointed Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration; in the government of Goncharuk, he worked as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Dmitry Kuleba – before receiving the portfolio of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet of Shmygal, he was vice-prime minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration, again at Goncharuk. Arsen Avakov – the constant minister of the Ministry of Internal Affairs at all premieres – from Yatsenyuk to Shmygal. Vladislav Krikliy, Denis Malyuka, Mikhail Fedorov are also the legacy of the Goncharuk government.
Oleg Nemchinov – the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers – is generally an outspoken “gunpowder.”
Even before he was appointed to the post, I analyzed his statements on Facebook: he not only criticized Zelensky, he openly poured mud on him!
He called the president “drug addict”, and “clown”, and “resident” of a foreign state, and “poop” …
I was indignant at the fact that they returned Ukrainian citizenship to Mikhail Saakashvili. After the presidential election, Nemchinov publicly ranked himself as a “group of 25”, Poroshenko’s voters. And in general, how could they appoint a person to such a high position who humiliate the honor and dignity of the first person of the state ?!
The new Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories is Aleksey Reznikov, former Secretary of the City Council, and more recently, a member of the team, Vitali Klitschko. Nobody has forgotten that the Kiev mayor led the party Poroshenko “BPP” Solidarity “.
We also remember that, not least thanks to Klitschko, Peter Alekseevich became the fifth president of Ukraine. On the eve of the 2014 presidential election, his rating was inferior to Klitschko’s popularity. But he deliberately stepped aside. One can only guess the price of such a service.
Finance Minister Igor Umansky is also a well-known person in the government led by the Ministry of Finance. In the government of Shmygal, Ilya Emets was appointed Minister of Health. He was already the head of the Ministry of Health during the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych.
The current Prime Minister Denis Shmygal himself, by the way, was listed in the reserve of the Cabinet in 2011 under the fourth president of Ukraine.
Let us return to Zelensky’s promise to appoint an economy guru at the head of the government. What was the “guru” Goncharuk, we already know. Now here is the Shmygal.
Look at his biography, he hasn’t stayed anywhere for more than a year, a typical flyer without any success stories.
Minister for Veterans Affairs – Sergey Bessarab, Minister of Youth and Sports – Vadim Gutzeit, Minister of Social Policy – Marina Lazebnaya, Minister of Development of Communities and Territories – Alexey Chernyshev, Minister of Defense – Andrey Taran.
These are supposedly “new faces”. With one important caveat – they never played even the second or third violin in their fields. Never, under any circumstances.
When the members of the current Cabinet were appointed according to the list, without discussion, with gross violations of the law “On the Rules of the Verkhovna Rada”, the thesis of the so-called “new faces” went into oblivion.
Five more ministerial portfolios remain vacant! Then the power vertical went along the line of appointment of temporary acting.
Thus, the ministers of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade Pavel Kukhta, the Ministry of Science and Education Yuri Polyukhovich, energy and environmental protection Vitaly Shubin, the culture of youth and sports Svetlana Fomenko were appointed. At the same time, the Cabinet of Ministers already has the Minister of Youth and Sports – Vadim Gutzeit. That is: two ministers in one direction, against the background of the absence of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy on the eve of land reform?
It is worth noting that temporarily appointed ministers do not have voting rights at Cabinet meetings. In addition, in the management system, such people are treated as “Varangians,” with whom they do not make close contacts, realizing that they will be replaced soon. And nobody is in a hurry to build international relations with the “temporary workers”.
Parliament by all indications has lost its subjectivity. Deputies who voted for the new Cabinet (227 votes), in general, had no idea about the proposed candidates for ministerial positions.
On the eve of the vote, a list was distributed from the president with an unequivocal command to support the vote. The Verkhovna Rada was deprived of the opportunity to meet and communicate with ministers, listen to their programs and ask them questions.
The cabinet is understaffed. The absence of candidates for 5 (!) Ministries is a clear evidence that leading experts in their fields do not want to replenish such a government. Which, if it lasts more than 6 months, will perform a real miracle!
Cabinet with the trust of 6% of citizens, according to sociological studies, repels professionals. Significant personalities with a reputation do not want to get dirty. Therefore, they refuse to work in such a team that once again confirms the thesis of a serious systemic crisis of power.
I am convinced that rearrangements in the government will not have any effect on changes in the country's course. The updated composition of ministers will not be able to change the vectors against which the majority of Ukrainians oppose. The state will continue to continue to follow the instructions of the IMF, which are disadvantageous and harmful to the Ukrainian economy.
The government in its current composition is absolutely helpless both to the “pigs” and to the oligarchs, who control about 80% of key assets in the country.
Of course, according to the results of the work of the government in the “new” composition, toxicity to power will increase significantly. And this will lead to a drop in confidence in the president and parliament.
I do not exclude the possibility that the third government of the Ze-team may not be assembled at all.
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Vitaliy Zhuravsky, Ukraine