Vladimir Zelensky (Photo Credit: Anna Marchenko/TASS)

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has nominated Denis Shmygal as the new prime minister and asked Verkhovna Rada (parliament) to approve his candidate, says a draft decree posted on the parliament’s website on Wednesday.

The document is entitled ‘Draft Decree on Appointing D.A. Shmygal as Prime Minister of Ukraine.’

Earlier, Ukraine’s parliament had approved resignation of Prime Minister Alexey Goncharuk, which entailed resignation of the government.

In Goncharuk’s cabinet, Shmygal was a deputy prime minister and the Communities and Territories Development Minister.

Denis Shmygal was born in Lvov in 1975. He had been doing business until 2009, when he started his career in public service. He worked as an aide to Lvov’s regional governor and headed the Lvov regional administration’s economic department. In 2014, he served as deputy head of the regional tax service department. In January 2018, Shmygal took on the post of Director of Burshtyn thermal power plant in Ivano-Frankovsk Region, the region’s largest power producer owned by Ukrainian tycoon Rinat Akhmetov. On August 1, 2019, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky appointed Shmygal as Governor of the Ivano-Frankovsk Region. On February 4, 2020, he was appointed deputy prime minister and the minister for community and territory development.

Source: TASS, March 4, 2020