Regional Development Minister Blyzniuk, elected as MP, tenders resignation
Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Anatoliy Blyzniuk, who has been elected as an MP, has submitted a statement of resignation to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
"I wrote resignation letter to the president… How the president decides, so it'll be," Blyzniuk told the journalists in Kyiv on Wednesday.
Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych did not said whether he had written a similar letter.
"According to the constitution, it's impossible to combine a parliamentary mandate with another job, and the president has the right to appoint the members of the Cabinet of Ministers under the premier's presentation and dismiss them without any decrees and statements," he told the journalists when being asked whether he had submitted a resignation letter to the president.
As reported, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said that government members who won seats in parliament should decide on their future job, consulting with President Viktor Yanukovych.
The head of the Regions Party faction in parliament, Oleksandr Yefremov, said earlier that all ministers who were elected MPs would accept deputy mandates: "I know one thing - that all ministers are now writing statements and switching to parliamentary work."
He said the ministers who won the parliamentary elections would act in future depending on the formation of a majority in parliament and the formation of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Deputy Prime Minister and Social Policy Minister Sergiy Tigipko, Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych, Minister for Economic Development and Trade Petro Poroshenko, Emergencies Minister Viktor Baloha, Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure Minister Borys Kolesnikov, Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Anatoliy Blyzniuk, and Minister for Education, Science, Youth and Sports Dmytro Tabachnyk were elected MPs.
Under the law, persons that were elected MPs, in order to get parliamentary mandates, should provide documents on the dismissal from their previous job to the Central Election Commission within 20 days (by December 3).