Oleksandr Nosal on Abromavicius’ Resignation: I Wouldn’t Turn It Into a Tragedy

Facts voiced by the Ukrainian Minister of Economy Aivaras Abromavicius, who intends to quit, cause outright concern, the Head of the Ukrainian public organization International Center for Reforms, Oleksandr Nosal, believes. Abromavicius announced his decision to resign due to the impossibility to carry out reforms because of corruption, Delfi.lt writes.

“On the one hand, the facts of the sabotage of the reform process and attempts to take state-owned enterprises under control, pointed out by Mr Abromavicius, cause outright concern, as well as the fact that over the past few months, three ministers who were considered the main reformers in this Government either left or wrote a letter of resignation,” Nosal notes.

In addition, the expert believes the fact that the accusations were addressed to specific individuals is a rather positive thing. He also suggests not to make a tragedy out of the resignation.

“On the other hand, the mere fact that this information and allegations against specific individuals were brought into the public and the absence of silent resignation are clearly a positive development,” Nosal said. “I would not make a tragedy out of this and hope that this conflict is resolved in Abromavicius’ favor, Mr Kononenko follows the example of Mykola Martynenko and lays down his mandate, and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau, in turn, looks into the case.” What accounts for Abromavicius’ accusations? Nosal has the following answer to this question: “This did not start yesterday.”

“For quite some time we have been observing the struggle within the Democratic coalition and even within the President’s party itself. After all, Igor Kononenko is a member of the eponymous faction, and the candidacy of Mr. Abromavicius for a ministerial post was suggested by Petro Poroshenko Bloc. This opposition can be defined as a struggle between the old and the new in power, between supporters of reforms and modernization and those who want to continue controlling flows, preying on state-owned enterprises and parasitizing the budget,” he explains. Nosal is convinced that in the near future the President and his parliamentary force will have to decide whose side they are on. “Otherwise, they will face the fate of the Prime Minister’s party People’s Front. Let me remind you that because of poor results and numerous corruption scandals Yatsenyuk’s party rating has collapsed, and is now less than 2%. Over the course of two years, both the Prime Minister nor the President with their political forces, unfortunately, failed to comply with a society’s request to reform the country. This means that in the near future we will either get a new Government with a new Prime Minister, or early parliamentary elections.”