Ukraine Names 35-Year-Old Lawyer As Prime Minister

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky’s candidate for prime minister — a 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk, has been approved by parliament.

Goncharuk who already works for the new administration had majority of deputies vote to back him. He has just three months of government experience and promised to “put an end” to corruption during a speech in parliament.

He becomes head of government amid a stagnating economy and ongoing war with Russian-backed separatists.

“We have more than 10 million people living below the poverty line. We have war in the east, and above all of this, we have corruption. We have to stop it and we will,” he said to applause.

“The new government will not steal,” he said.

On his part, the DJ turned President Zelensky, 41, won a landslide election in April, announcing he planned to “break the system” that had ruled Ukraine since independence in 1991.

Many new faces have since entered politics as part of Zelensky’s “Servant of the People” party which won a majority in parliamentary polls last month.

“A new generation has come to power,” Goncharuk told MPs before they voted to approve him.

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