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Published Date: Monday 26 May 2014 - 15:02:23
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Poroshenko frontrunner in Ukraine vote

Poroshenko frontrunner in Ukraine vote
World  - Partial results from Ukraine’s presidential election show that businessman and politician Petro Poroshenko is in the lead with a wide margin.

The country’s central elections commission said Monday that with the ballots counted in some 40 percent of precincts, Poroshenko has so far received 54.06 percent of the votes. Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is in a distant second place with 13.12 percent.

According to the commission, about 60 percent of the country’s 35.5 million eligible voters participated in the vote.

If final results mirror the initial count, Poroshenko would avoid a June runoff election with the second-place finisher.

After the voting closed on Sunday, Poroshenko claimed victory in the election, saying his first mission after taking office would be to “concentrate on ending the war, ending the chaos, ending the disorder and bringing peace to Ukrainian soil.”

Poroshenko also said that his first official act would be to visit the troubled eastern Donbass region, where Ukrainian forces are fighting pro-Russian activists. But he ruled out negotiating with the protesters until they put down their weapons.

In addition, Poroshenko said he would not recognize the May 11 independence referendums in Donetsk and Lugansk as well as Crimea’s accession to Russia two months earlier.

The Sunday election came after months of political crisis, which erupted last November when now-ousted President Viktor Yanukovych refrained from signing an association agreement with the EU in favor of closer ties with Russia. The refusal triggered months of unrest, which finally led to the ouster of Yanukovych on February 23, who then left the country for Russia.

 

 

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