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Ukraine's public broadcasting company reminds rules of presidential debates

According to the Law on the presidential election, the debates are supposed to be held in the studio of Suspilne TV channel, with moderators and rules of this channel
20:50, 4 April 2019

Zurab Alasania, the Chairman of the Board of the company
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Ukraine's National Public TV Company reminded the presidential candidates the main rules foreseen by the Law on the presidential election. Under this particular bill, the debates are supposed to be held in the studio of Suspilne TV channel, with moderators and rules of this channel. Zurab Alasania, the Head of the Board of the company posted that on posted that on Facebook.

'Honorable candidates! The debates are to be held under the Law on the elections of President of Ukraine; at the studio of public broadcasting company; with the moderator of public broadcasting company; by the rules of the Public Broadcaster,' Alasania said.

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Earlier on April 4, presidential candidate Zelensky offered Yulia Tymoshenko to become the moderator in his debates with the incumbent president Petro Poroshenko. Tymoshenko responded she would consider this option; but even before she chose any of the options, Ukraine's National Public TV Company announced that TV hosts Pavlo Kazarin and Myroslava Barchuk would be the moderators. 

After the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko offered his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky to hold the debates before the second leg. Zelensky released a video, in which he accepted Poroshenko's offer, also requiring something in return. His main demand was to hold the debates at the NSC Olimpiysky stadium in Kyiv. Poroshenko accepted.

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Later on April 4, Zelensky offered to pass the test for drugs and alcohol use. Poroshenko agreed, offering Zelensky to pass the test at the NSC Olimpiysky medical centre. Zelensky, the renowned comedian, said no to that and offered Poroshenko to pass the test.

Let us recall that during the presidential campaign in 2014, Poroshenko himself refused from participating in the debates with another presidential aspirant Yuliya Tymoshenko, his key competitor. Poroshenko explained his unwillingness by the fact that Ukraine "is in a state of war. All people emphasize that the country needs unity. If we start quarreling now, our rivals would benefit from it."

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