June 6, 2018 / 11:39 AM / 9 months ago

Ukraine finance minister says was asked to support corruption or quit

KIEV, June 6 (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

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