Following the adopting of a controversial language bill, which upgrades the status of the Russian language, on July 3 Lytvyn and parliament opposition vice speaker Mykola Tomenko resigned.
Both resigned in protest to the adoption of the language law, which is criticized by the opposition.
Although Lytvyn did not vote in favor of the law and pledged not to sign it, 19 out of 20 lawmakers in his People’s Party faction helped to adopt the bill.
Analysts say that Lytvyn’s resignation is a face-saving strategy aimed at his potential voters in the mostly Ukrainian-speaking Zhytomyr Oblast, located in the north of the country. “All this looks staged. After that Lytvyn could return to his Zhytomyr region as a hero,” Mykhaylo Pohrebynsky, a political analyst, reports RegioNews news website.