June 4, 2018 / 7:24 AM / 8 months ago

Ukraine PM threatens to quit if corruption court law not passed

FILE PHOTO: Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman speaks during the annual end-of-year news conference in Kiev, Ukraine December 22, 2017. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman threatened to quit on Monday if parliament failed to enable the creation of a special anti-corruption court, which it is due to vote on this coming Thursday.

A law to set up a special court is a requirement of Ukraine’s $17.5 billion assistance package from the International Monetary Fund. Groysman said Ukraine faced destabilisation without it.

“I, as prime minister, have made a decision for myself,” Groysman said at a briefing. “If this court, fair, independent, will not be created - I will forfeit the authority of prime minister, I will resign.”

Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Pavel Polityuk; writing by Matthias Williams

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