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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko told the business daily Kommersant-Ukraina
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko told the business daily Kommersant-Ukraina that he is considering running in both the presidential and parliamentary elections if such polls are to take place.

"I think I will take part in both," he said.

Ukrainian electoral laws do not currently allow a presidential candidate to run at the same time in elections to the country's parliament, the Supreme Rada, but the ban is not fixed in the country's constitution.

Yushchenko said on April 3 that he would agree to early presidential elections only if they take place at the same time as parliamentary polls.

On April 1, Ukraine's parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of presidential elections to be held on October 25, three months ahead of the date Yushchenko had pushed for. Yushchenko's popularity ratings have fallen to single figures amid political instability and a shrinking economy.

When asked by the paper why he had lifted his opposition to early elections, the president said: "Early elections are not a tragedy... The Supreme Rada is now a continual source of crisis."

He said the main aim in the new parliament will be to end the continual standoff between the two main parties.


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