Poroshenko declares victory in Ukraine vote

26 May 2014 08:44
(QHA) -

Exit polls on May 25 indicated that Ukrainian confectionery tycoon Petro Poroshenko was elected president after securing an absolute majority in the first round of voting.

 The first poll gave Poroshenko 55.9 percent, well ahead of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in second place with 12.9 percent. If confirmed by results on May 26, this outcome would avert the need for a runoff vote next month, RFE/RL reports.

Speaking shortly after the exit-poll results were announced, Poroshenko said his first mission as president was to "end war and bring peace" and announced his first trip would be to the heavily pro-Russian, rebel-held east.

He also said Ukraine will never recognize the Crimean referendum and the "occupation of Crimea" and added that Ukrainians have chosen the path of "European integration."

The elections were held May 25 all over Ukraine. Still separatists in Luhansk, Donetsk region disrupted the vote with many polling stations in the regions shuttered.

Poroshenko’s closest rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, whom polls indicated garnered 12 to 13 percent, conceded.