Ukraine parliament fails to appoint new finance minister, approve revised budget

Ukrainian lawmakers, wearing protective masks, walk out of a building after an emergency session of parliament in Kiev, Ukraine March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament on Monday failed to gather enough votes to approve the appointment of a new finance minister or approve an emergency budget in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

Lawmakers were due to appoint Serhiy Marchenko, a former deputy finance minister under a previous administration, after dismissing his predecessor Ihor Umansky.

The proposals for a revised 2020 budget will now be sent back to a special parliamentary committee.

Reporting Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Jon Boyle

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