November 22, 2018 / 5:37 PM / 23 days ago

Ukraine parliament confirms Markarova as finance minister

Newly-appointed Ukrainian Finance Minister Oksana Markarova attends a parliament session in Kiev, Ukraine November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday appointed Oksana Markarova as Finance Minister nearly half a year after her predecessor Oleksandr Danylyuk was sacked following a public spat with the prime minister.

Markarova, who was nominated by Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, has served as acting minister since June and been a key negotiator with the International Monetary Fund about a new stand-by loan.

Reporting by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Matthias Williams and Alison Williams

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