Tymoshenko refuses to become debate moderator

20:53, 05 April 2019
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"She would be an independent moderator because she would criticize both candidates. If she agreed, 60% of the votes would be represented at the stadium. That is, it would be a representation of more than half of the country. But it happened as it happened," political scientist and Ukrainian election frontrunner Volodymyr Zelensky's headquarters speaker Dmytro Razumkov told the Novoye Vremya Radio.

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According to him, the role of the debate moderator will be offered to "any other."

"It should be an independent referee who will be equidistant from two teams," Razumkov said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Central Election Commission processed 100% of the protocols of the precinct election commissions in the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine.

Data posted on the CEC website say showman Volodymyr Zelensky is confidently leading with 30.24% of the votes.

At the same time, 15.95% of voters cast their ballots in favor of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.

Zelensky said on Wednesday, April 3, he was ready to hold debates with Poroshenko pending the second round of the presidential elections but named a number of conditions. In particular, the event should take place at Kyiv's Olympiyskiy Stadium, in front of the people of Ukraine. Moreover, all channels should be able to broadcast it live. Zelensky gave Poroshenko 24 hours for decision-making. In turn, Poroshenko agreed to hold debates with Zelensky at the Olympiyskiy Stadium.

In turn, Poroshenko agreed to hold debates with Zelensky at the Olympiyskiy Stadium.

On April 4, Zelensky invited leader of the Batkivshchyna party Yulia Tymoshenko to become an independent moderator in his debates with incumbent President Petro Poroshenko ahead of the second round of the elections.

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