KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk said on Wednesday he was given the choice between supporting a scheme to give cash handouts to lawmakers — which he described as “political corruption” — or quit his post.
Danylyuk made the statement after Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman asked parliament to sack Danylyuk following a public spat between the two. Parliament has yet to vote on the issue.
Danylyuk said he had come under huge pressure to support a programme for subventions for socio-economic development in Ukraine’s regions.
“Translated into human language it is the distribution of money to the projects of ... lawmakers,” he wrote. “This - political corruption - is known by people as ‘buckwheat’”.
The reference to buckwheat relates to the practice of bribing voters with food or by other means during election campaigns.
Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky