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Ukrainian president ousts prime minister

Ukrainian president ousts prime minister
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Ukraine's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has ordered the resignation of his prime minister amid a reshuffle of his top cabinet ministers.

Reuters reported Wednesday that Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk's resignation was accepted by the country's parliament, with Zelensky telling lawmakers that "new brains and new hearts" were needed in government.

“Yes, indeed, this is the first government where there is no high-level corruption. But not stealing is not enough. This is a government of new faces, but faces are not enough,” Zelensky said. “New brains and new hearts are needed.”

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He was replaced by Denys Shmygal, who was sworn in Wednesday and called for immediate reforms to the government, a policy supported by Zelensky according to the Kyiv Post.

“People’s patience is running out,” Shmygal said Wednesday. “We need the reforms now.”

Honcharuk, 35, was the country's youngest prime minister in history and its shortest-serving since the country became independent from the former Soviet Union in 1991.

A number of other top ministers are reportedly under consideration for similar ousters, according to Reuters, including the country's finance minister.