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22 Apr, 2019 19:32

Say what? Ukraine's Poroshenko vows to win NEXT presidential election a day after crushing defeat

Say what? Ukraine's Poroshenko vows to win NEXT presidential election a day after crushing defeat

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who has suffered a major defeat at hands of comedian-turned-politician Volodymyr Zelensky, remains optimistic and has announced plans to win next parliamentary and presidential elections.

Poroshenko held a meeting with his supporters right at the doorstep of his administration in Kiev on Monday, thanking them and stating that their “big victories” are still ahead. After the gathering, he took to Twitter, announcing bold plans – and surely raising a few eyebrows.

Among other things, Poroshenko vowed to “return to Bankovaya street” –where the administration is located– in five years, as well as win parliamentary elections this fall. Poroshenko apparently missed Zelensky’s promise to move the presidential administration from Bankovaya Street – or he’s already planning to bring it back.

Poroshenko’s plans are definitely bold – if not outlandish altogether – indeed, given the extent of the defeat he suffered during elections on Sunday. The incumbent president got slightly above 24 percent of votes, while Zelensky received support of 73 percent.

Poroshenko fared quite well only in the western parts of the country, yet managed to score a victory only in the region of Lviv. In the east he received minor support, showing the expectedly lowest results in Lugansk and Donetsk. The two regions have been a battlefield under Poroshenko’s rule, where the Ukrainian army and affiliated far-right militias face anti-Kiev rebels, who rejected the Maidan coup of 2014.

The desire to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections is a bit more realistic, yet seeking to “win” them also appears to be quite far-fetched. While the second round of elections turned out to be truly disastrous, Poroshenko's performance during the first one was not impressive either. He faced over 30 other candidates and managed to get slightly above 15 percent of votes – just enough to squeeze into the second round.

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