A finance minister in Ukraine Oleksandr Danylyuk has said he was provided with only two choices if he wants to stay at the helm or leave.
Reuters reports that Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk said on Wednesday he was given the choice between supporting a scheme to give cash handouts to lawmakers — which he described as “political corruption” — or quit his post.
Danylyuk made the statement after Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman asked parliament to sack him following a public spat between the two. Parliament has yet to vote on the issue.
Finance Minister said he had come under huge pressure to support a program for subventions for socio-economic development in Ukraine’s regions.
“Translated into the human language it is the distribution of money to the projects of ... lawmakers,” he wrote. “This - political corruption - is known by people as ‘buckwheat’”.
The reference to buckwheat relates to the practice of bribing voters with food or by other means during election campaigns.