Will Poroshenko win?
Friday, 23 May 2014 13:23

THERE are two pressing questions when Ukraine goes to the polls on May 25th to elect a president. One is whether Petro Poroshenko (pictured), a billionaire who made his money in the chocolate business, will win in the first round. The other is how many people will be able to vote in Donetsk and Lugansk, two regions where armed separatists have declared independent republics.

Over the last few weeks nearly all opinions polls have given a big lead to Mr Poroshenko, who has served in governments of all stripes. In 2009-10 he was briefly foreign minister and in 2012 he was minster of trade under Viktor Yanukovych, the deposed president, who fled the country after the so-called Maidan Revolution, which Mr Poroshenko supported.

Mr Porosheko needs more than 50% of the votes to win in the first round. If he fails to get that a run-off must be held in three weeks. The person most likely to come second in the poll is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister, heroine of the Orange Revolution in...Continue reading

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