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The minister of everything

Arsen Avakov, Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs, is the longest serving minister in the country’s history. Appointed as an interim in the spring of 2014 he survived government reshuffles under President Petro Poroshenko and retained his seat under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Avakov was not an obvious candidate for political longevity, but a set of circumstances in Ukraine’s recent political history made him a golden shareholder.

The nickname of minister of everything was bestowed upon Arsen Avakov by public commentators after the 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections in Ukraine and the formation of the first government under President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Avakov was referred to as the only grown up in the government especially compared to the young, inexperienced Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who was 35 at the time of his appointment.
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June 23, 2021 - Kateryna Pryshchepa - Hot TopicsIssue 4 2021Magazine

Despite years in the cabinets of Zelenskyy’s predecessor, Arsen Avakov remained onboard as interior minister and found a place in the new administration. Photo: Oleh Dubyna / Shutterstock

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