Ukrainian parliament appoints Denys Monastyrsky as new interior minister

Ukrainian News
Canan Kevser
16 July 2021, 15:30
Canan Kevser
16 July 2021, 15:30

Ukrainian lawmakers have approved Denys Monastyrsky as the country's new interior minister, replacing Arsen Avakov, who resigned this week.

Some 271 MPs voted for the decision at a parliament meeting on Friday, July 16.

Avakov unexpectedly submitted his letter of resignation on July 13 without disclosing the reason for his move. Parliament of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada, voted on July 15 to accept the resignation of Avakov, who had been in charge of the ministry in the last four governments since 2014.

On the same day, the Verkhovna Rada received a motion from Shmyhal to appoint Monastyrsky to the interior minister's post.

The newly appointed Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky is a 41-year-old lawmaker from President Volodymyr Zelensky's Servant of the People party.

Zelensky introduced newly appointed Interior Minister

During the event broadcasted live on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry on Friday, President Zelensky introduced the newly appointed Interior Minister Monastyrsky to the Interior Ministry staff.

"I want to trust and I want to be proud of every representative of the Interior Ministry," the president said.

The interior minister controls most of Ukraine's law enforcement bodies, from the National Police force down to local police departments, as well as the National Guard. The border guards, Coast Guard, Emergency Situations Ministry, and Migration Service also fall under the control of the Interior Ministry.