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Ukraine's presidential elections 2019: Lukashenko expects Poroshenko wins in second round

Belarus President stresses that Poroshenko has to do everything to make Ukrainians support him
19:03, 8 April 2019

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarusian President
Belta

Alexander Lukashenko, the Belarus President, stated that he expects Poroshenko to win on the elections in Ukraine, as he said in an interview, Belta reported.

Earlier, on March 1, Lukashenko has already stated that he expected Poroshenko to win. Today, on April 8 he said that his opinion has not changed.

“Nobody has won there. Zelensky leads, Poroshenko is lagging behind him. Nobody can predict the results of the second round. I think that Poroshenko will win this presidential run,” he stressed.

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He also noted that he does not want to compare two candidates, who to compete in the second round.

“I know one really good. I have seen the second one in cinema, I don’t know him as a politician. But I will tell you: Poroshenko and I used to have a mutual friend, Mikheil Saakashvili. When Saakashvili held elections, when he was the President of Georgia, he changed the Constitution, something else – began joking with the nation. This made him leave Georgia and was hiding in other countries. To prevent Poroshenko from climbing onto the roof and urge Ukrainians to protect him, he will do everything to make Ukrainians support him,” Lukashenko stressed.

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Answering the question what he thinks about a common position in Ukraine’s community “not to vote for anyone” and about voting for Zelensky as a protest, Lukashenko stressed that it is better not to vote at all.

“Let the Ukrainians forgive me, but I want to tell them – if they don’t have anyone to vote for, it’s better not to vote at all. Why should you vote for someone who you are not sure with? Ukrainians had such a hard political way over the past years. They have heard lots of unclear promises. Having risked a lot of times, they trusted the politicians and supported them. And it always resulted in something different. The experience of the last years shows that risks are not worth it,” he believes.

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