Ukraine’s Western-backed government survived a no-confidence vote on Tuesday, staving off the immediate prospect of a snap election in a country fighting a deep recession and a pro-Russian separatist insurgency.
The vote took place just hours after President Petro Poroshenko publicly urged the prime minister to resign, a move that underscored the level of political infighting that has derailed efforts to implement lasting reforms.
Ukraine’s international backers have invested much money and political capital backing the government in its stand-off with Moscow after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 following the overthrow of Kiev’s pro-Russian president by protesters.
But the former Soviet republic’s failure to tackle corruption and implement reforms has already derailed a Western aid program that keeps its economy afloat, and a ceasefire with pro-Russian separatists in the east has been fraying.
The fact that the no-confidence vote happened at all underlined the public’s growing disillusion with the leaders it elected after the 2013-14 Maidan uprising that raised hopes of transforming the country.