30 Mar 2020 17:54

Ukrainian Rada appoints Marchenko finance minister

KYIV. March 30 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada has appointed Serhiy Marchenko finance minister, with 256 votes in favor of this decision.

The minimum number of votes for appointing a government minister in Ukraine is 226.

The parliamentarians previously lacked two votes to appoint Marchenko to the post at an extraordinary session this morning.

Marchenko will replace Ihor Umansky, who was appointed on March 4 and dismissed by parliament at the morning session.

Marchenko is a former deputy finance minister, serving from 2016 to 2018, and former deputy presidential chief of staff from 2018 to 2019, during Petro Poroshenko's presidency. Marchenko was elected to the Rada in early parliamentary elections in 2019, on the ticket of the Ukrainian Strategy party led by then prime minister Volodymyr Groysman.