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Poroshenko: There will be no runoff elections

Petro Poroshenko, who is winning Ukraine's presidential elections with 55% of the vote, according to exit polls, said on Sunday there will be no runoff elections, since he managed to score more than 50% of the vote.

"You see, all exit polls conducted by Ukrainian and world sociological services demonstrate that the elections are over in one round and Ukraine now has its president," he told a news conference at his election headquarters on Sunday.

"We will have a united unitary but not federative state. It is a fundamental provision of my election program," he stressed.

Petro Poroshenko added he was ready to work with Russia.

"Despite the problems in bilateral relations, which emerged nor through Ukraine's fault, we have enough formats to solve our problems," he said at a news conference at his election headquarter.

Exit poll results

Petro Poroshenko, a business tycoon and member of Ukraine's parliament, is winning the presidential elections in Ukraine with 55.9% of the vote, according to exit poll data.

His closest rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, the leader of the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party, is scoring 12.9% of the vote. Third comes Oleh Lyashko (8%); Anatoly Grytsenko gained 6.3%; Serhiy Tihipko has 4.7%. Mykhailo Dobkin scored 2.1% of the votes. Petro Symonenko has 1.1%. Ultra-radicals Oleh Tyahnybok scored 1.3% and Dmytro Yarosh -- 0.9% of votes.

The exit poll was conducted by three big sociological centers, the Ilk Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives foundation, the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, and the Alexander Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research.

According to results of the exit poll conducted by Savik Shuster Studio polling agency, Poroshenko has won Sunday's presidential elections in Ukraine with 56.4% of the vote.

"These data do not include the Luhansk and Donetsk regions -- just in case, protocols fail to reach Kiev," Savik Shuster said commenting on the polls.

According to the poll, former prime minister and the leader of the Batkivshchyna party, Yulia Tymoshenko won 12.9% of votes. Next is Oleh Lyashko with nine percent.

The results of the All-Ukraine TV exit poll conducted by international sociological company TNS announced at a live news conference on the ICTV television channel say Poroshenko is winning 57.31% of the vote in Ukraine's snap presidential elections.

Poroshenko is followed by Yulia Tymoshenko who scores 12.39% of votes.

Petro Poroshenko's election campaign

The businessman expressed the core of his election campaign in a brief and catchy slogan "To live in a new fashion!". "Drastic changes are needed both by the country in the whole and by each single citizen in particular," the election agenda says. "However, we will not be able to change Ukraine unless we change ourselves, our attitude towards our life and the life of an entire state."

He pledged a "complete reload of the authorities", in particular, parliamentary elections until the end of the current year, as well as decentralization of power at the local level. Meanwhile, in a recent interview with ICTV channel he stated about his intention to "work with prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk" in case of victory at the presidential elections, although he stressed the need to change "a substantial part of the cabinet team".

In foreign policy, he prioritizes the "political and diplomatic battle" for returning Crimea, preserving the territorial integrity of Ukraine, for which, he believes, the head of state "should hear the voice of every region of our composite country". In the defense sector, Poroshenko suggests to increase significantly the spending on upgrading the armed forces. He regards development of relations with the EU as an "additional guarantee of Ukraine's security within the framework of the integral European security area".

The presidential nominee names "an issue of special importance" the providing of energy independence of Ukraine and diversification of gas supplies amid simultaneous upgrading of enterprises and manufacturers in order to decrease energy consumption. He speaks about the language issue with common words, pledging to "conform to the Article 10 of the Constitution, which determines Ukrainian as an official language, but specifically underlines the rights of the Russian language and guarantees the free development of all languages". However, referring to the need in "providing the unity of Ukrainian nation", he states about the intention to preserve the current status quo in the language issue.

[Source: Itar Tass, Kiev, 25May14]

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