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Poroshenko urges Ukrainians to elect ‘real president’

His rival from the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky failed to attend the debate

KIEV, April 14. /TASS/. Incumbent Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, who arrived at the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev for a debate with his rival from the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky, has called on Ukrainians to elect a real president in the runoff.

"The country does not want to buy a pig in a poke, the country should choose a real president and a commander-in-chief," Poroshenko stressed.

Poroshenko also called on Zelensky to immediately come to the stadium, saying that otherwise he would invite him to a televised debate every day.

Zelensky failed to attend the debate. Earlier in the day, he refused to take a drug and alcohol test at the Olympic National Sports Complex in Kiev together with Poroshenko amid fears of provocation.

Back on April 3, he suggested that Poroshenko should hold a debate with him at a stadium on April 19. Poroshenko accepted the proposal, but insisted on holding the debate on April 14 and on April 19 in a studio of the Public Television.

In the first round of Ukraine’s presidential race on March 31, the candidate from the Servant of the People party Vladimir Zelensky received 30.24% of the vote, while Poroshenko, who seeks a second term, came in second with 15.95%. The runoff is scheduled for April 21.