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Mikheil Saakashvili may join team of Poroshenko — Vitali Klitschko

May 26, 2014, 10:40 UTC+3
According to the nationwide exit poll, business tycoon Petro Poroshenko has won the presidential elections with 55.9% of votes
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Vitali Klitschko (right) and Mikheil Saakashvili (left)

Vitali Klitschko (right) and Mikheil Saakashvili (left)

© ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze

KIEV, May 25. /ITAR-TASS/. Ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and Georgian ex-minister of economy Kakha Bendukidze may join the team of Petro Poroshenko as advisors to the president. UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko, who, according to exit polls results, has won the Kiev mayoral elections, stated this in a televised interview on Monday.

“Georgia is an example for us. I have spoken about this with many people. I have spoken to Saakashvili, and he proffered his services, I’ve spoken to Bendukidze, and I’m convinced that each of them will provide assistance (to the newly elected president of Ukraine), if necessary,” Klitschko said.

According to the nationwide exit poll, business tycoon Petro Poroshenko has won the presidential elections with 55.9% of votes.

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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