Ukraine PM resigns over leaked tapes

2020-01-17 at 17:53

Ukraine’s prime minister today submitted his resignation, days after he was caught on tape saying the country’s president knows nothing about the economy.

In a Facebook post, Oleksiy Honcharuk said that he had given his resignation to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

He said, “I took this post to implement the president’s program. He is an example of transparency and decency to me, however, in order to dispel any doubts about our respect and trust for the president, I have written a resignation letter and submitted it to the president.”

Earlier this week an audio recording surfaced in which Honcharuk appeared to make disparaging comments about Zelenskiy’s understanding of economics.

He called Zelenskiy “a layman” in economics and said the president should be better educated about the national currency.

Yesterday, lawmakers from the opposition demanded Honcharuk’s resignation, saying he and his cabinet discredit Ukraine’s president and worsened the economic crisis in the country.