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Prime Minister of Ukraine

Prime Minister of Ukraine
Прем'єр-міністр України
Arseniy Yatsenyuk

since 27 February 2014
Appointer Verkhovna Rada
Term length Duration of the parliamentary convocation (5 years)
Inaugural holder Vsevolod Holubovych
Formation June 28, 1917
Succession None; resignation or removal renders cabinet illegitimate
Salary 6,681.40 per month[1]

The Prime Minister of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Прем'єр-міністр України, Prem'ier-ministr Ukrayiny) is Ukraine's head of government presiding over the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, which is the highest body of the executive branch of the Ukrainian government. The position replaced the Soviet post of the Chairman of Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR, which was established on March 25, 1946.

Since Ukrainian independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, there have been fifteen Prime Ministers,[2] or nineteen, counting acting PMs. Yatsenyuk is the first Prime Minister who has come from Western Ukraine. Two Prime Ministers were born in the Russian SFSR.

The current prime minister is Arseniy Yatsenyuk since he was sworn on 27 February 2014 (as a member of Batkivshchyna[3]), following the ousting of former President Viktor Yanukovych of 22 February 2014.[4][5] Yatsenyuk continued as prime minister following the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election (this time as member of People's Front[6]).[7]


  • Appointment 1
  • Duties and powers 2
    • Acting and Vice-Prime Ministers 2.1
  • Dismissal and resignation 3
  • List of Prime Ministers (1991–present) 4
    • Timeline 4.1
    • Parliamentary approval 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The prime minister is appointed by the president with the consent of the Verkhovna Rada. The consent is deemed granted by the parliament when a simple majority of its constitutional membership votes in favour of the candidate nominated by the president. The highest parliamentary approval to date was received by Yulia Tymoshenko who was appointed the Prime Minister on February 4, 2005 with 373 votes in the Verkhovna Rada. Other prime ministers who received more than 300 votes were Arseniy Yatsenyuk (371), Yatsenyuk again in 2014 (341)[8] Vitold Fokin (332), and Leonid Kuchma (316).

The procedure of granting consent by the parliament is usually preceded by several days of comprehensive consultations and interviews of the candidate by the parliamentary factions. The approval by the legislature is not a mere formality. Some candidates were ratified by a narrow margin and a candidate may be turned down. For instance, in 1999, Valeriy Pustovoitenko fell three votes short of being re-confirmed after he tendered his resignation at the second inauguration of President Leonid Kuchma in 1999. Kuchma chose Viktor Yushchenko as his alternative candidate. Another example is the approval of Yuriy Yekhanurov's candidacy (he fell three votes short of approval, but was confirmed on the second attempt two days later).

After the constitutional reform of late 2004, the president was restricted in his choice of prime minister and was virtually obliged to nominate the person proposed by the parliamentary coalition. The prime minister, as with all members of executive branch, cannot be a member of parliament.

Duties and powers

President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk at the conclusion of their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office, March 12, 2014.

The prime minister heads Ukraine's executive branch of government, the Cabinet of Ministers and signs decrees passed by the Cabinet.

The prime minister has the authority to propose candidates for ministry offices to the Verkhovna Rada,[9] with the exception of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Defense, which are proposed by the president. The prime minister can also propose candidates for the heads of regional administrations to the president for consideration.[9]

The prime minister can also countersign decrees and laws passed by the president. The constitution is silent on the exact regulation of the countersigning. The prime minister (and the respective minister) are responsible for the execution of laws passed by the cabinet.

While in office, the prime minister is granted full legal immunity from all prosecutions and legal proceedings. The prime minister's office is headquartered in the Cabinet of Ministries building in central Kiev. The prime minister was paid a yearly salary of 202,776 UAH (16,898/month) (US$26,770) in 2005.[10] In 2013, following a petition in Fokus magazine, the secretariat of the cabinet stated that the monthly salary of prime minister was 33,980 UAH (US$4,173.42), which is eleven times more than the average salary in the country.[11]

Prime ministers are frequently asked by individual citizens for help in solving their personal problems, sometimes successfully. In 2012, Prime Minister Azarov received dozens of personal pleas every day on his Facebook page.[12] By-passing local Governments is an ages old practice in Ukraine.[12]

Acting and Vice-Prime Ministers

Oleksandr Turchynov served as Acting Prime Minister in 2010 after Yulia Tymoshenko tendered her government's resignation.

The first vice-prime minister, also known as the First Deputy, heads the cabinet in the absence of the prime minister due to resignation or dismissal. Among the most notable First deputies were Yukhym Zvyahilsky and Mykola Azarov, who served as the acting prime minister longer for anyone. Beside them the position of the "acting" also served Valentyn Symonenko, Vasyl Durdynets, Oleksandr Turchynov and others.

Apart from the first vice-prime minister, there are also several other vice-ministers who support the Prime Minister, and may be in charge of one or more ministries. In 1991–1992 there the office of the State Minister-Minister was also introduced. Traditionally Vice-Prime Ministers are in charge of an area of general state government policy such as the Agro-Industrial Complex, Humanitarian Affairs, Economical Affairs, or Regional Policy. On certain occasions those deputies may be given regular ministerial portfolios as well, as happened in the 2010 Azarov Government.

Dismissal and resignation

The Prime Minister, like other Cabinet members, may resign voluntarily by tendering their resignation to the President. A resignation by the Prime Minister results in the dismissal of the entire Cabinet. After the adoption of the current Constitution in 1996, only Prime Ministers Pavlo Lazarenko and Mykola Azarov have left their post this way.[13] While the Prime Minister does not have a set term limit, he or she stays in office for the duration of the parliament term, unless he or she resigns or is dismissed earlier.

Before the constitutional reform of 2004, the prime minister was usually dismissed unilaterally by the president. After the reform, the prime minister could only be dismissed by the parliament. Formally, the Verkhovna Rada needed to pass a resolution of no confidence of the cabinet, which had to result in the prime minister's resignation. However, the parliament could not put such a resolution to the vote within one year of the approval of the cabinet's official programme. The Cabinets of Prime Ministers Viktor Yushchenko and Viktor Yanukovych were dismissed in this way, with the latter refusing to tender his resignation to the president claiming a violation of the one-year period condition. The Cabinet of Yuriy Yekhanurov had also been formally dismissed, but the parliamentary act was subsequently repealed.

List of Prime Ministers (1991–present)

This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of

Since Ukrainian independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, there have been 15 prime ministers[2] (19 including acting PMs). Yulia Tymoshenko was the first (and only) female Prime Minister of Ukraine.[14] Before the re-appointment as Prime Minister of Mykola Azarov, Tymoshenko was the longest serving prime minister serving for two terms and a total of 1,029 days (days serving as acting Prime Minister are not included in these numbers).[15] Since Azarov was re-appointed as prime minister on 13 December 2012, he has since broken Tymoshenko's record.[16][17] Azarov resigned on 28 January 2014, due to public outcry and protests following the Euromaidan.[18] He was succeeded up by Arseniy Yatsenyuk on 27 February 2014.[19] Yatsenyuk announced he would resign as Prime Minister on 24 July 2014;[19] but his resignation was declined by parliament on 31 July 2014 when only 16 (of the 450) MPs voted for his resignation.[20][21]


Parliamentary approval

N Date Prime Minister Origin Political Party Parliament votes % (of 450)
1 November 14, 1990 Vitold Fokin Zaporizhia Oblast Communist Party of Ukraine 332 73.8
2 October 13, 1992 Leonid Kuchma Chernihiv Oblast Non-partisan 316 70.2
3 June 16, 1994 Vitaliy Masol Chernihiv Oblast Communist Party of Ukraine 199 44.2
4 1995 Yevhen Marchuk Kirovohrad Oblast Non-partisan ??? ???
5 1996 Pavlo Lazarenko Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Hromada ??? ???
6 July 16, 1997 Valeriy Pustovoitenko Mykolaiv Oblast People's Democratic Party 226 50.2
7 December 22, 1999 Viktor Yushchenko Sumy Oblast Non-partisan 296 65.8
8 May 29, 2001 Anatoliy Kinakh Moldavian SSR Industrialists 239 53.1
9 November 21, 2002 Viktor Yanukovych Donetsk Oblast Party of Regions 234 52.0
10 February 4, 2005 Yulia Tymoshenko Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Batkivshchyna 373 82.9
11 September 22, 2005 Yuri Yekhanurov Russian SFSR Our Ukraine 289[22] 64.2
12 August 4, 2006 Viktor Yanukovych Donetsk Oblast Party of Regions 271 60.2
13 December 18, 2007 Yulia Tymoshenko Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Batkivshchyna 226[23] 50.2
14 March 11, 2010 Mykola Azarov Russian SFSR Party of Regions 242 53.8
December 13, 2012 252 56.0
15 February 27, 2014 Arseniy Yatsenyuk Chernivtsi Oblast Batkivshchyna 371 82.2
November 27, 2014 People's Front 341 75.8


  1. ^ Урядові зарплати в Україні (інфографіка) (in Українська). 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Eugenia Tymoshenko: the fight to save my mother Yulia, The Guardian (23 September 2012)
  3. ^ Ukraine opposition leader urges West to act, BBC News (1 February 2014)
  4. ^ Ukraine crisis timeline, BBC News
  5. ^ Verkhovna Rada approved composition of new government, ITAR-TASS (27 February 2014)
  6. ^ Ukraine's new parliament re-elects Yatsenyuk as PM, Deutsche Welle (27 November 2014)
  7. ^ Ukrainian parliament appoints Yatseniuk prime minister, Interfax-Ukraine (27 November 2014)
  8. ^ Ukrainian parliament appoints Yatseniuk prime minister, Interfax-Ukraine (27 November 2014)
  9. ^ a b Government approves draft law on cabinet according to which president appoints premier, Interfax-Ukraine (October 5, 2010)
  10. ^ "The salary of Yushchenko rose 9 times – to $4.5 thousand". NTA-Privolzhye. 2005-07-14. Retrieved December 25, 2008. 
  11. ^ Azarov receives more than 30 thousands in a month (Азаров отримує більше 30 тисяч на місяць). Ukrayinska Pravda. 2013-1-24
  12. ^ a b Help Me, Father Czar!, Kyiv Post (5 April 2012)
  13. ^ Laws of Ukraine. President of Ukraine decree No. 599/97: On the resignation of Prime Minister P.Lazarenko. Adopted on 1997-07-02. (Ukrainian)
  14. ^ Ukraine's First Woman Prime Minister
  15. ^ Azarov is record-holder in holding PM post, ForUm (4 December 2012)
  16. ^ Ukraine parliament approves Azarov as prime minister, Reuters (13 December 2012)
  17. ^ Azarov urges Ukrainians to be worthy of liberators' feat, Ukrinform (9 May 2013)
  18. ^ BBC News (28 January 2014). "Ukraine's PM Azarov and government resign". Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  19. ^ a b Walker, Shaun (24 July 2014), "Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk resigns", Guardian, retrieved 24 July 2014 
    "Ukraine Prime Minister Resigns, as Kiev Moves Toward Elections". New York Times. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
    Rada speaker announces dissolution of parliamentary coalition, Interfax-Ukraine (24 July 2014)
    Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk announces resignation in parliament, Interfax-Ukraine (24 July 2014)
    Yatseniuk says collapse of Rada coalition means failure to pass laws on filling budget, Interfax-Ukraine (24 July 2014)
  20. ^ Rada expresses confidence in PM Yatseniuk, Interfax-Ukraine (31 July 2014)
  21. ^ Yatseniuk's statement of resignation sent to parliament - Hroisman, Interfax-Ukraine (25 July 2014)
    Koshulynsky closes parliament meeting, next one to take place on August 12, Interfax-Ukraine (25 July 2014)
  22. ^ Yekhanurov initially collected 223 votes out of the necessary 226, but he was appointed after the second try.
  23. ^ Tymoshenko initially collected 225 votes out of the necessary 226. Some deputies announced that their votes did not correspond to the results. The Tymoshenko candidacy was approved on the second try.

External links

  • "Official page of Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk" (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  • "Government portal". Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine (in Ukrainian). 
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