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

(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.

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)
Ukrainian presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko speaks to supporters during a rally in Uman, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.   (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Ukraine presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko casts her ballot as her husband Oleksandr and daughter Yevgenia assist her in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, Sunday, May 25, 2014.   (AP Photo/Olexander Prokopenko)
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