Yanukovych and Tymoshenko most probable candidacies for President – experts

14:03, 05 August 2008
Politics
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They will probably enter second round of presidential election

Yulia Tymoshenko, the Prime Minister of Ukraine and BYuT front-runner, and Victor Yanukovych, the Party of Regions chairman, are the most probable candidacies to enter the second round of the presidential election in Ukraine.

These are results of a poll of 25 leading Ukrainian political scientists and experts, carried out by Socioizmereniye Center for Political and Sociological Studies during July 28 – August 3. The results of the poll were publicized at a press conference in UNIAN by center director Serhiy Taran.

According to him, only a fifth of those polled believe that incumbent President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko has chance to penetrate into the second tour of the presidential election.

At the same time, some experts mentioned Verkhovna Rada Speaker Arseniy Yatseniuk and leader of the eponymous bloc Volodymyr Lytvyn as possible candidacies for the second round.

None of the respondents mentioned candidacies of Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko, President’s Chief of Staff Victor Baloha, Socialist Party leader Oleksander Moroz, People’s Self-Defense leader Yuri Lutsenko, and Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetskiy.

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