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 Reinstating Kononenko as PPB's first deputy head will affect Poroshenko's approval rating, - MP Leshchenko

Reinstating Ihor Kononenko as first deputy head of PPB faction will have negative effects on President Petro Poroshenko's approval rating as well as on the faction's internal environment and will be a signal to society that corruption is backed by the leadership of the state.

Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Serhii Leshchenko announced today on the sidelines of the parliament, Censor.NET correspondent reports.

He recalled that Kononenko is involved in offshore scandals and that recent publications of the Panama Papers confirm this fact.

In addition, according to Leshchenko, Kononenko is involved in establishing the "institute of enforcers" and is also known for being engaged in the scandal with Abromavicius [ex-minister of economic development and trade, who claimed pressure by Kononenko - ed.].

Read more: Kononenko reinstated as first deputy head of Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction. DOCUMENT (in Ukrainian)

"It would be better for the president to just put him in the shade. Instead, he is reinstated, which is another argument for those people who really want to fight corruption that the president lacks political will to do this," he said.

Leshchenko also reminded that an anti-corruption summit kicks off in London today.

"The president is not going there, but at the same time restores Kononenko in office. Only two days after Kononenko was mentioned in the Panama Papers. It is either a kind of negligence or a principled move to show that he doesn't care a dime about what people think and will reinstate his friends whenever he wants. The president will bear political responsibility for this political decision," Leshchenko said.
 
 
 
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