Poroshenko wins Ukraine election in foreign constituencies

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After all ballots were processed in Ukraine’s foreign constituencies, the Central Election Commission announced that incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had won the first round of elections in these constituencies by a large margin, writes UNIAN.

A total of 38.93% of Ukrainians abroad voted for Petro Poroshenko. The runner-up is showman Volodymyr Zelensky, who was supported by 26.01% of the voters. Leader of the Civil Position Party Anatoliy Hrytsenko came third with 10.64%. Ex-chief of the SBU Security Service of Ukraine Ihor Smeshko was fourth with 6.62%.

Svoboda Party’s Ruslan Koshulynsky gained 4.67%; leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Timoshenko, received 4.21%; co-chairman of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party Yuriy Boyko got 3.91%; and Opposition Bloc – Party of Peace and Development, Oleksandr Vilkul, saw 1.80%. The remaining candidates gained under 1% of the votes.

A total of 55,031 votes have been counted. Beyond Ukraine borders, 101 polling stations operated.

The Central Election Commission, as of 1:00 on April 2, processed 97.75% of the protocols of precinct election commissions in the first round of presidential elections held on Sunday, March 31.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, showman Volodymyr Zelensky so far saw support of 30.26% of the voters, enjoying a comfortable win. Some 15.92% of voters voted for the incumbent head of state, Petro Poroshenko, and 13.38% – for leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, which means that the latter has not made it to the runoffs.

The agency also reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted presidential candidate and incumbent President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on reaching the second round of the presidential election.

As reported earlier Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that “fun is over” and Ukraine will on April 21 either confirm its course for joining the EU and NATO or return to the year 2013. He said this at his electoral headquarters after the announcement of the first results of exit polls, according to which he and showman Volodymyr Zelensky reach the run-off.

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