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Oleksiy Valeriyovych Honcharuk (Ukrainian: Олексі́й Вале́рійович Гончару́к, pronounced [olekˈs⁽ʲ⁾ij wɐˈlɛr⁽ʲ⁾ijowɪtʃ ɦontʃɐˈruk]; born 7 July 1984) is a Ukrainian politician. He has been the Prime Minister of Ukraine since 29 August 2019.[1]

Oleksiy Honcharuk
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Prime Minister of Ukraine
Assumed office
29 August 2019
PresidentVolodymyr Zelensky
Preceded byVolodymyr Groysman
Personal details
Born
Oleksiy Valeriyovych Honcharuk

(1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 35)
Horodnia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Alma materNational Academy for Public Administration, Kyiv Mohyla Business School, Aspen Institute

Before this appointment Honcharuk was a lawyer and since 28 May 2019 Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Zelensky.[2][3]

BiographyEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Honcharuk was born in 1984 in Horodnia, Chernihiv Oblast, Ukrainian SSR.[4], the little town near tripoint of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Honcharuk's father Valeriy was a member of the Social Democratic Party of Ukraine (united).[4] In the 2002 Ukrainian parliamentary election Honcharuk's father tried to win a parliamentary seat for this party, but he never received a mandate.[4] The following year he was killed in an accident.[4]

Since 2005 Honcharuk worked as a lawyer and heads of law departments of various companies.[4] Honcharuk last position as a lawyer (before joining the presidential administration) was being a lead partner at a company that specializes in real estate development.[1]

In the 2014 Ukrainian parliamentary election Honcharuk unsuccessfully tried to get a parliamentary seat for the Force of People party.[5] After the election he became an adviser to ecology minister Ihor Shevchenko and First Vice Premier Stepan Kubiv.[5] In 2015 Minister for Economic Development and Trade Aivaras Abromavičius, with the financial support of Canada and the European Union, created the BRDO office that deals with the simplification of the system of state regulation in the relations between the state and business.[4] The competition for the BRDO leader was won by Honcharuk.[4] In April 2016, Honcharuk met Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Development, Stepan Kubiv, who invited the BRDO leader to become his advisor on a public basis.[4]

At the end of 2018 Honcharuk co-created the right-liberal NGO "People are Important", which was supposed to grow into a political party.[4] The party was not deemed ready enough to take part in the snap July 2019 Ukrainian parliamentary election.[4]

Prime Minister of UkraineEdit

On 28 May 2019 Honcharuk was appointed Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Zelensky.[6][7]. In this position he was responsible for the block of economic development and continuation of reforms[8][9].

According to Ukrayinska Pravda in the spring of 2019, Monobank co-founder Dmytro Dubilet introduced Honcharuk to Andriy Bohdan "who brought him to Bankova" ("Bankova" is the nickname for Ukraine's presidential administration).[10] (That Bohdan was responsible for the appointment of Honcharuk in the presidential administration has been confirmed by first aide to President Zelensky Sergey Shefir [uk].[11]) But Dubilet and the campaign staff of Volodymyr Zelensky denied this and claim they met Honcharuk in 2018 in his capacity as BRDO chairman.[4]

On August 27 (international) media reported that Zelensky would propose that Parliament appoint Honcharuk to the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine.[12] On 29 August he was officially nominated for the post of Prime Minister and the same day the parliament easily approved Honcharuk with 290 deputies voting in favor of his appointment.[1]

Honcharuk is the youngest Prime Minister of Ukraine since he was 35 at the time of his appointment; his predecessor Volodymyr Groysman is also his predecessor in this, Groysman was 38 at the time of his appointment.[4]

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