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No need for second round of presidential election in Ukraine — Central Election Commission

With around 89.21% of ballots counted, Petro Poroshenko leads with 54.18% of votes
Head of Ukraine's Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhendovsky ITAR-TASS/Zurab Dzhavakhadze
Head of Ukraine's Central Election Commission Mykhailo Okhendovsky
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KIEV, May 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Head of Ukraine’s Central Election Commission (CEC) Mykhailo Okhendovsky has ruled out the possibility of the second round of presidential elections in the country.

“We can already make a very important conclusion. There is no need to hold the second round of elections. Ukraine’s new president was elected on May 25, 2014,” Okhendovsky said. The head of CEC said Petro Poroshenko won the presidential election in Ukraine.

Okhendovsky noted that Poroshenko will make his first international visit to Warsaw.

Around 89.21% of ballots have been processed in the “Elections” electronic system. According to the latest data, businessman Petro poroshenko leads with 54.18%, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko received 13.01% of votes, Oleh Lyashko – 8.43%, Anatoliy Hrytsenko – 5.41%, and Serhiy Tihipko got 5.28%. 

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.