Poll reveals new Ukrainian presidential contender

By bne IntelliNews March 18, 2009

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A recent opinion poll showed that the 34-year-old former speaker of Ukraine's parliament, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, could realistically compete for the presidency in the upcoming elections, as voters have grown disillusioned with the current crop of leaders.

The poll conducted by Research & Branding Group on February 17-27 placed Yatsenyuk third in the ranking of top presidential candidates after opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. However, if Yatsenyuk made it into a run-off, he would beat both Yanukovych (32.1% vs. 30.2%) and Tymoshenko (31.5% vs. 20.4%). The same poll suggested a prospective party led by Yatsenyuk would also fare well in potential early parliamentary elections.

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