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    Posted May 25, 2014 by
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    Ukraine unrest

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    Ukraine Has New President

     
    As soon as polling stations closed the results of two exist polls have been announced. According to the exit-poll conducted by four TV channels showed that Petro Poroshenko has received 57.8% of the vote. National exit poll, conducted by consortium of reputable survey takers reporters 55.9% of the votes for Poroshenko. His main rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko has 12.8% and 12.9% of the vote according to two exit polls. A candidate with the most pro-Russian slogans, Sergei Tigipko has only 4%

    The numbers show that Ukrainians have elected Petro Poroshenko as a new President in the first round, avoiding a second-round that would have been required in mid June if he had fallen short of over 50% of votes.

    Elections in one round is an important positive result, as preparations for this vote were under significant pressure from Russia that kept big military forces on our borders and also created a lot of disturbance in the Eastern Ukraine through terrorist groups. Having three more weeks of Putin manipulating, pressuring and scheming to undermine possibility of second round of elections would be even more exhausting and would cost more lives.

    The election of President in the first round with majority of vote has never happened before. It shows unity of Ukraine and desire for peace.


    After announcement of exit polls Poroshenko addressed his supporters, "You see that all exit polls held by the most trustworthy institutions say that the elections ended in the first tour and the country has a new president. First of all I want to thank Ukrainian people who showed a record turnout," Poroshenko said. "Neither rain no thunderstorm - although a storm is a good sign - did not prevent them. I want to thank all the Ukrainians for the trust they showed in me and my team. Over 90 percent of Ukrainians voted for a united Ukraine - not a federative state. I thank very much for this too. It was a basic issue of my program; 80 percent of Ukrainians supported the European vector for Ukraine. I want to especially thank the people of Crimea who in the most difficult conditions did what they can, managed to get out of Crimea and voted. Now we can say for sure - all the country voted. The president of the whole Ukraine was elected.”

    “The first steps of my team will focus on ending the war, the chaos, the unrest and bring peace to the land of Ukraine," Poroshenko said.

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