Ukranian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk submitted his resignation to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on January 17 after less than six months in the role. The President will now consider the letter.
The resignation comes just hours after an audiotape of an informal meeting with few ministers and top officials from the National Bank was leaked online. According to the tape, Honcharuk was of the opinion that Zelenskiy had a “very primitive” understanding of the economy.
While Zelenskiy office did not react to the leak, the Ukranian Prime Minister, in a video address, said that there have been many attacks in the media and online against him personally and against the government. He had asserted that such attacks indicated the government was on the right track which has already blocked a lot of “corruption schemes” and are “stopping robbers from continuing to rob the country”.
In the audiotape, Honcharuk and other officials were heard trying to find a simple way to explain Ukraine’s recent economic developments to Zelensky. However, Honcharuk and other attendees have neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the audiotape. The Prime Minister was scheduled to attend the World Economic Forum, along with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in Davos, Switzerland next week but the latest development puts the visit in jeopardy.
On January 22-23, during the @wef Annual Meeting, together with President @ZelenskyyUa I will be visiting Davos, Switzerland. I’ll hold a number of meetings with leaders of foreign states and international organizations, as well as with international business representatives.— Oleksiy Honcharuk (@PMHoncharuk) January 16, 2020