Kiev, 17 May 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced on Friday that he would resign immediately following the president-elect’s inauguration next week.
President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky should be freely able to form his own foreign-policy team, said Klimkin, who has served as Ukraine‘s top diplomat for half a decade.
Speaking in a video address, Klimkin said he was ready to assist Zelensky “where our principles coincide.”
His announcement followed the collapse of Ukraine‘s ruling coalition amid the departure of a key political party.
The absence of a ruling coalition would confound Zelensky’s expressed intent to dissolve the legislature for snap elections.
Ukrainian parliamentary speaker Andriy Parubiy declared the ruling coalition was ceasing its activities as talks commence to form a replacement, state media reported.
Zelensky is a professional comedian who has presented himself as an alternative to an establishment that has long struggled with entrenched corruption.
Although Zelensky won the election in a landslide, the political newcomer has lacked the traditional parliamentary support base enjoyed by his successors.
In an apparent gesture of support, the People’s Front political party said it was leaving the ruling coalition to form a new one.
“The coalition formed in 2014 … has fulfilled its tasks,” party leader Maksym Burbak said in comments carried by state news agency Ukrinform.