Ukraine Elects a New President
Poroshenko claims 55.9% of vote, avoids runoff
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2014 12:30 PM CDT
Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, speaks to press at a polling station during the election in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, May 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

(Newser) – The polls are closed in Ukraine, and national exit polls are indicating a clear first-round victory for chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko, reports the BBC. Poroshenko claimed a decisive 55.9% of the vote, while Yulia Tymoshenko won a distant second-place slot with only 12.9%, reports the AP, amid heavy turnout. The margin was 2 percentage points, so Poroshenko clearly avoided a runoff; Ukraine watchers hope Poroshenko's strong showing will unite a fractious nation.

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May 26, 2014 2:22 AM CDT
He's not just the president of "Hair Club for Men"; he's a member.
May 26, 2014 12:18 AM CDT
Candy man got job cut out for him. Stop the war. Fix the economy while juggling between east and west. I give him 2 years before he gets removed or shows a finger to the west and sides with Russia. Yanks/EU don't help people and people need to eat.
May 25, 2014 3:46 PM CDT
Now if the new President can just find the golden wrapper that leads him to the fortunes prior leaders stole, he might be able to put the stripped economy back on track. Its jobs and growth that will unite, not languages and ethnic rally cries.