Ukraine parliament yet to agree on NBU head, speaker says

13 March 2018

The factions of the Ukrainian parliament have yet to agree on voting in favor of Yakiv Smoliy as head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), speaker Andriy Parubiy told journalists on March 12. He said that discussions with parliamentary factions are ongoing, adding that he doesn't see a 226-vote majority in favor of Smoliy, according to Interfax-Ukraine. He acknowledged that appointments to several top positions (including the NBU head, ombudsman and head of the Accounting Chamber) are interrelated. Parubiy said he hopes that the vote on the NBU head will happen on March 15.

On March 1, the news site reported that support for Smoliy’s candidacy by the second-largest faction of the People’s Front is conditional on the election of its nominee Liudmyla Denysova as human rights ombudsman.


Alexander Paraschiy: As we expected a month ago, Smoliy’s approval is possible only as the result of political negotiations following some concessions from the president to his political “partners”. We remain skeptical that the vote on Smoliy will happen this week and remain optimistic that a compromise will be ultimately found some time this spring.