Chief editor of Censor.NET Yurii Butusov noted on his Facebook page: "The leadership of the Party of Regions decided to approve the head of the parliament in accordance with the following criteria - he must be absolutely loyal to Yanukovych, he should be absolutely bound together by political biography with Yanukovych, he shall not belong to any of the oligarch groups around Yanukovych in order not to strengthen Akhmetov, Firtash or Yefremov, he must have experience of management and deputy work to build relationships with the new parliament where the party will not have a stable majority.
Respectively, Viktor Yanukovych proposed two candidates - Justice Minister Oleksandr Lavrynovych and first deputy head of the Party of Regions Volodymyr Rybak with the latter being a favorite since it is a compromise figure for the faction. Therefore, with a probability of 99% Rybak will become the head of the new parliament this week. Party of Regions deputies are openly discussing the matter."
Volodymyr Rybak - people's deputy, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Regional Policy, Advisor to the President of Ukraine. Deputy of III, IV, V and VI convocations. Member of the Permanent Delegation of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Born in Donetsk, October 3, 1946. Studied at the Donetsk State University majoring in economy and graduated in 1973. Doctor of Economics. In 2001 he defended a thesis on "The regulation of the process of market transformation of the system of local government revenue."
Co-organizer and first chairman of the Party of Regions (1997-2001).
Chairman of the city council, the executive committee, the mayor of Donetsk from 1993 to 2002.
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Construction, Architecture and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (August 4, 2006, № 88-V - March 21, 2007, № 790-V), Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine (21 March 2007, № 791-V - December 18, 2007, № 9-VI).