Ukraine’s lawmakers slow to agree on Cabinet a month after election

A month after the parliamentary election, Ukrainians are still watching the same political soap opera unravel in grinding coalition talks.

But instead of new government appointments, all they can expect to see on November 27, the first day of parliament session, is the third ceremony for signing a coalition agreement.

The agreement was initialed late on November 20, and then pompously signed by five political parties the next morning. The coalition of President Petro Poroshenko Bloc, People’s Front, Batkivshchyna, Samopomich and Radical parties spelled out 17 reforms the coalition will work on, including fight with corruption, juridical, security, energy reform and finance.

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(Photo of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, by Jurij Skoblenko via