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Ukrainian premier believes early presidential election impossible now

January 23, 2014, 18:31 UTC+3 DAVOS
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DAVOS, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. An early presidential election is impossible in Ukraine at the moment, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told reporters Thursday.

“Under the Constitution, a regular presidential election is to be held within less than a year,” he said. “And do you think it’s possible to hold any elections whatsoever in a situation where the downtown areas of Kiev are practically blocked by paramilitaries?”

“Is it generally possible to hold an election amid unrest?” he asked somewhat rhetorically.

“As a first step, it’s important to normalize the situation in the country and to return to normal life and only then we could mull over whatever other things,” Azarov said. “Right now we should revert to normal life in this country.

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