March 4, 2020 / 4:46 PM / a month ago

Ukrainian lawmakers appoint presidential nominee Shmygal as new PM

Denys Shmygal, who was nominated as the candidate for the post of Ukrainian Prime Minister, applauds during a parliamentary session in Kiev, Ukraine March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday appointed Denys Shmygal as the new prime minister after he was nominated for the role by President Volodymyr Zelenskiy following the departure of Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk.

Shmygal had been deputy prime minister in Honcharuk’s cabinet. In a speech before the vote, Shmygal said he would revise the 2020 budget and that the strong hryvnia currency had hit exports.

Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; writing by Matthias Williams; editing by Mark Heinrich

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