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Ukraine Prime Minister Honcharuk resigns over audiotape leak

The PM's offer to relinquish his position comes after he was caught on tape criticizing President Zelenskiy. Honcharuk became the youngest head of government in the country's history when he assumed office in August.

By: | Published: January 17, 2020 3:19:42 pm
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk offered his resignation to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday after less than six months in the role.

An alleged recording emerged earlier this week where Honcharuk questioned Zelenskiy’s ability to manage the economy and the prime minister felt this would undermine his position.

“I came to the position of fulfilling the program of the president. He is for me a model of openness and decency,” Honcharuk said on Facebook.

“However, in order to take away any doubts about our respect and trust in the president, I wrote a letter of resignation and handed it to the president with the right to submit it to Parliament,” he added.

The resignation was still to be confirmed as the presidential office responded to the letter, saying they would consider it.

The former lawyer and deputy head of the prime minister’s office became Ukraine’s youngest-ever head of government at the age of 35 when he took on the role in August of last year.

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