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Poroshenko keeps leading in president polls after 25.85% of votes counted

May 26, 2014, 9:11 UTC+3 KIEV
CEC should announce official results of the first round of presidential elections not later than on June 4
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KIEV, May 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian presidential nominee Petro Poroshenko is leading with 54.08% of votes after the country’s Central Election Committee (CEC) had counted 25.85% of votes.

Yulia Tymoshenko has gained 13.15% of votes, Oleh Lyashko — 8.49%, Anatoliy Hrytsenko — 5.52%, Serhiy Tihipko — 5.07%, Mykhailo Dobkin — 3.32%, the CEC stated.

According to the electoral legislation, Ukrainian presidential elections are held in two rounds. If a candidate scores more than 50% of votes in the first round, he is recognized as winner.

CEC should announce official results of the first round of presidential elections not later than on June 4.

Petro Poroshenko’s biography
Petro Poroshenko was born September 26, 1965, in the Odessa region. He has graduated from the Kiev University with a degree in economics from the faculty of international relations and international law.

In the 1990s, he engaged in business and headed the Ukrprominvest consortium. In 2000, he set up and chaired the Solidarity party. After the victory of the ‘orange revolution’, in 2005 he was appointed Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, and in 2007 — head of Ukraine’s National Bank. In 2009-2010 he was minister of foreign affairs, in 2012 he became minister of trade and economic development. Since December 2012, Petro Poroshenko is Verkhovna Rada deputy and member of the committee on European integration. He owns the Roshen consortium, the largest confectionery manufacturer in Ukraine. He ranks 7th in the Forbes list of richest people in Ukraine.

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