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Ukraine moves forward with government formation

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said Ukraine's government formation "sets the stage for the difficult but necessary process of implementing reforms and delivering results."

By JC Finley
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) talks to Verkhovna Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchynov in the Parliament in Kiev on March 11, 2014. UPI/Ivan Vakolenko
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (L) talks to Verkhovna Rada speaker Oleksandr Turchynov in the Parliament in Kiev on March 11, 2014. UPI/Ivan Vakolenko | License Photo

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada voted Tuesday evening to approve the appointment of cabinet ministers put forth by the majority coalition.

A total of 288 members of Parliament endorsed the list of nominees.

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Among the candidates, Arsen Avakov (People's Front) was appointed interior minister, Pavlo Petrenko (People's Front) as justice minister, Valeriy Vorschevsky (Liashko's Radical Party) as deputy prime minister and Hanna Onyschenko (People's Bloc) as minister of the Cabinet of Ministers.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden applauded the formation of a new Ukrainian government.

"The Ukrainian people demonstrated their clear preference for democracy, political and economic reform, and self-determination at the ballot box during the October 26 parliamentary elections. Today's announcement on the formation of a new government sets the stage for the difficult but necessary process of implementing reforms and delivering results.

"The United States will support Ukraine's new government to stabilize its economy, strengthen democratic institutions, and fight corruption. We will also continue to stand for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression, and support the aspirations of Ukraine's citizens for a secure, democratic, prosperous, European future."

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Three of the newly appointed ministers did not initially hold Ukrainian citizenship but were granted citizenship status by presidential decree on Tuesday. Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko held American citizenship, Education Minister Alexander Kvitashvili was a citizen of Georgia, and Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius was Lithuanian.

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