Yatsenyuk elected for a new term as prime minister of Ukraine

28 November 2014 08:24

Ukraine's new parliament has elected Arseniy Yatsenyuk for a new term as prime minister. 

In its first session on November 27 the Verkhovna Rada also elected former Deputy Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroysman as parliament speaker. 

Pro-Western parties swept to victory in the October 26 elections, led by President Petro Poroshenko's bloc and Yatsenyuk's People's Front.

Poroshenko called the early poll in a bid to set Ukraine on a new path eight months after pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted following opposition protests.

Five pro-Western parties which have agreed to form a ruling coalition control a total of 288 seats in the 421-seat parliament.  

However, talks amongst the coalition partners on forming a new Cabinet have bogged down.

Analysts say the delay is due to rivalry between Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk over control of key portfolios.