Viktor Yanukovich nominated for Ukrainian president

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KIEV. October 24. KAZINFORM Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovich has been nominated for Ukrainian president at a party congress; Kazinform refers to ITAR-TASS.

Representatives of United Russia, New Azerbaijan, Prosperous Armenia and the Center Union of Moldova attended the party congress as guests.

Yanukovich presented his election program called "Ukraine for People". He promised to overcome the split and unite Ukraine, to overcome the crisis, to achieve European living standards, to make the armed forces professional, to provide equality of languages and to keep Ukraine a neutrals state unaffiliated to any blocs.

He is a key applicant for the presidential position. About 30% of Ukrainians are ready to vote for Yanukovich, according to opinion polls. His main rival, Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, enjoys support of 15-20% of Ukrainians.

The Central Elections Commission has registered four candidates, and another three applied for registration. The election campaign started on October 19, and the election will take place on January 17, 2010.

Lawyer Oleg Ryabokon applied to the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission on October 20 for registration as a presidential candidate, the Central Elections Commission said. Ryabokon supplied the appropriate set of documents, including the confirmation of an election deposit of 2.5 million hryvni (about $300,000). By law, the Central Elections Commission will consider the application and make a decision within five days; Kazinform cites ITAR-TASS.

See www.itar-tass.com for full version

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