I would never suggest that IMF spring meetings in Washington are devoid of emotion, but it is rare to witness a feature speaker battling tears.
Natalie Jaresko’s eyes were red as she began her talk on April 14 at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council and the Centre for International Governance Innovation. Hours earlier, she had learned that the government in which she was finance minister had been replaced by a new one led by Volodymyr Hroisman. Jaresko refused to criticize the new prime minister, but she won’t be joining him. The former government of Arseny Yatseniuk was formed around a core of technocrats like Jaresko, a former U.S. diplomat and investment banker. Hroisman has assembled what Jaresko called a “political” government. “The new government is set up with a different logic” than Yatseniuk’s, she said.
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