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April 14, 2016 10:15 am

Ukraine Parliament Appoints First Jewish Prime Minister

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Volodymyr Groysman is Ukraine's first Jewish prime minister. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Volodymyr Groysman is Ukraine’s first Jewish prime minister. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org -The Ukrainian Parliament confirmed the appointment of the Jewish former mayor of the town of Vinnytsia as the country’s new prime minister, following the resignation of prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Vlodymir Groysman, 38, replaces Yatsenyuk, who has been condemned by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for losing the public’s trust. Ukrainian lawmakers voted 257-50 to approve Groysman’s appointment and to accept Yatsenyuk’s resignation.

“I understand that we are in extremely difficult condition, that the government has a huge responsibility and the challenges it faces are simply enormous,” Groysman said Wednesday regarding Ukraine’s ongoing conflict with Russia and its financial crisis, the Interfax news agency reported. “I also know that with Ukrainian citizens’ support, we’ll strive to end the crisis.”

While he was the mayor of Vinnytsia, Groysman is said to have transformed the town for the better. “Together, we will make Ukraine successful,” he said after his confirmation as prime minister.

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  • Yaakov

    I pray that he will be able to harness Jewish values like honesty and social justice in his bid to rescue Ukraine from the morass in which it finds itself. And, if he is successful, then maybe he can come to Israel to try to accomplish the same thing!

    All too often in Western countries, people of Jewish ancestry are appointed to governmental positions having to do with finance because of the anti-Jewish notion that “Jews” are people who are “good with money” and who, moreover, will do or say anything they’re told to do for money. That’s not what Jews are all about. Real Jews are exemplars for the Jewish way of life, valuing and putting morality above all else.

  • judorebbe

    Guess who will be blamed for all of Ukraine’s problems …