A conference room of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in Kyiv on Feb. 22. A reshuffling of the government is taking place in light of the Oct. 28 parliamentary election.
About 30 members of youth organizations of the opposition parties - the Batkivschyna, the Front for Change, the Popular Rukh and the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union - staged a rally outside the building of the government on the occasion of the resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
The rally participants told an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent that this government was a disgrace, and that it contributed to the destruction of the economy and the curtailing freedom of speech. They also referred to the government lead by Premier Mykola Azarov as a "government of political pensioners."
The rally participants brought with them three caricatures - of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Education, Science, Youth and Sports Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk and Deputy Prime Minister - Social Policy Minister Sergiy Tigipko. They launched them into the sky using white balloons, "so that they could not taken seats in the government again."
As reported, on December 3, 2012 Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of the premier and the entire Cabinet of Ministers. With the same decree he instructed the government to keep carrying out its duties until a new one is formed.
Azarov and seven more members of the government led by him were elected as people's deputies at the parliamentary elections on October 28, 2012.