KYIV — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced he will seek reelection in the March presidential election, and vowed to press for European Union and NATO membership.
Speaking to thousands of supporters on January 29, the confectionary magnate said that a “feeling of deep responsibility before the country and…before past and future generations” led him to decide to run for a second five-year term in the March 31 vote.
The 53-year-old Poroshenko, one of Ukraine’s richest men, came to power in the aftermath of the pro-European Maidan protests that pushed Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych out in February 2014.
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WNU Editor: He is polling in the teens. The only way that he can win is if his opponents are beyond terrible (which is possible).
Poroshenko announces he will run for re-election in March — Kyiv Post
Trailing in polls, Ukraine’s Poroshenko launches bid for second term — Reuters
Poroshenko tosses hat into Ukrainian presidential race — TASS
Facing uphill fight, Ukraine’s Poroshenko announces re-election bid — Digital Journal
Poroshenko announces bid for second term as Ukraine’s president — Al Jazeera