Ukrainian president mulling candidates for prime minister

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Ukraine’s president is considering the country’s finance minister as a possible replacement for embattled Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk amid talks to end a drawn-out political crisis.

President Petro Poroshenko’s spokesman, Svyatoslav Tsegolko, said Monday on Facebook that the president was meeting with political leaders to discuss forming a new governing coalition.

Yatsenyuk’s Cabinet survived a no-confidence vote last month, but two parties left the coalition in protest over the failure to oust the premier, who is under fire over the worsening economy and slow pace of reforms.

Tsegolko said Poroshenko is considering Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko as a possible premier. He said another candidate is Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv who leads the Samopomich (Self Help) party — one of the two parties that quit the coalition.

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