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Two more men aboard: Dobrodomov, Murayev stop running for presidency

Both called off their candidacies in favor of other candidates, who seem to be somewhat better chances for victory
18:52, 7 March 2019

Ukraine elections on March 31
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Dmytro Dobrodomov, the candidate for the presidency in Ukraine decided to bail out. He lifted his candidacy and made it public during the briefing on Thursday afternoon. 

According to Dobrodomov, he leaves in support of Anatoliy Hrytsenko, another candidate whom he claimed to be the pro-Ukrainian figure that is 'capable of winning the elections'.

'I'm sure Anatoliy Hrytsenko could make it to the second round. We will support him so that he could assume this office, and we'll be able to build up the country (...)', he said. Dobrodomov added that 'the opposition democratic forces should make it to the Parliament and assist the new president in the implementation of all these principles they live up to, as they completely match ours'.  

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Earlier, Lviv mayor Andriy Sadovyi and reporter Dmytro Hnap also said they would bail out in support of Hrytsenko. 

On the same say, Yevhen Murayev lifted his candidacy, too. The leader of Nashi party decided to leave the race, endorsing the candidacy of Oleksandr Vilkul, the deputy head of 'Opposition Bloc' party.

Murayev said that at a press conference, pointing out that these political forces will join efforts during the forthcoming parliamentary elections in autumn this year. He added that he would be No.1 figure in the parliamentary election list in that force.

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Vilkul, in turn, said that he'd make Murayev a Premier 'when he becomes the President'. 

March 7 is the last day when the candidates may call off their appeals for the presidential office. The ultimate list of candidates for the presidency will become known on March 8.

The first round of the presidential election in Ukraine is slated for March 31.

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