The parliament has appointed Denys Shmyhal as the prime minister of Ukraine, the CFTS portal reports, citing the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

His candidacy, which was proposed by President Volodymyr Zelenskyi, was approved by 291 votes at an extraordinary session of the parliament.

Earlier, the parliament accepted the resignation of Oleksii Honcharuk from the post of prime minister of Ukraine, which he held from August 29, 2019. Shmyhal was a deputy prime minister and the minister of development of communities and territories in Honcharuk’s government from February 4, 2020.

Shmyhal, 44, graduated from the Lviv Polytechnic Institute in 1997 with a degree in industrial management; he defended his dissertation in economics at the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Regional Studies of in 2003.

Shmyhal was the first deputy general director for social affairs at the DTEK Zakhidenergo power company until 2017 and the director of the Burshtyn thermal power plant from early 2018.

Shmyhal participated in the competition for the post of governor of the Lviv region after the 2019 presidential election and became the governor of the neighboring Ivano-Frankivsk region in August 2019.