The faction made its decision based explicitly on political reasons,” Pavlenko wrote on his Facebook page on Jan. 29. “I have to comply with the decision of the faction, which proposed me for the post of the minister 14 months ago.”
He added that now it’s up to the ruling coalition and the lawmakers to accept his resignation or not.
Pavlenko’s Samopomich party, which is a member of coalition, has continuously criticized Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s policy. Oleg Berezyuk, Samopomich’s leader in parliament, said the party was satisfied with Pavlenko, their only minister in government, but had to call him off as the government needs to be changed.