Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation in a televised address Sunday, the Associated Press reported. The resignation is set to be announced in Parliament Tuesday, and it followed after months of low approval ratings pushed the president to call for the prime minister’s resignation.
“From today I see my goals as broader than the powers of the head of the government,” Yatsenyuk said, AP reported, adding that he would look to ensure that the ruling coalition government kept control.
The resignation of Yatsenyuk was part of a larger cabinet reshuffle, as Ukrainian citizens have lamented the slow pace of reforms after President Petro Poroshenko rose to power in 2014, promising to crack down on corruption. Both Yatsenyuk and Poroshenko’s approval ratings have dipped in recent months, and Poroshenko called for the prime minister’s resignation in February.
“To restore trust, therapy is too little; surgery is needed,” Poroshenko said in a statement in February that called both for the resignation of the prime minister and that of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.