Arseniy Yatseniuk nominated to lead new government as Ukraine prime minister

Leaders of the EuroMaidan revolution that toppled Viktor Yanukovych as president took the stage of Kyiv’s Independence Square on February 26 and proposed candidates for prime minister and Cabinet of Ministers.

Tens of thousands of people crowded to hear the choices, who face confirmation votes in parliament on February 27. The proposed candidates represent a collection of veteran politicians and new civic activists to lead Ukraine’s government into the post-Yanukovych and post-Mykola Azarov era.

The crowd wasn’t happy with the two men who may become the nation’s top two leaders.

Interim President Oleksander Turchynov, named speaker of parliament and given the powers of head of state after Yanukovych fled and was impeached on February 22, got booed when he took the stage.

Arseniy Yatseniuk, who is expected to be officially nominated in parliament on February 27 as prime minister, also received boos, suggesting more political conflict ahead if he is confirmed by the lawmakers.

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(Arseniy Yatseniuk photo: US consulate general Munich)