18:45 14.05.2009

Yanukovych agrees with Yuschenko on presidential election date

The president should be elected by popular vote and the future presidential elections should be held on January 17, 2010, Regions Party Leader Viktor Yanukovych has said.

"The president should be elected nationwide. This is my principled position. There are no grounds to think it should be any other way," the Regions Party's press service said, citing Yanukovych.

According to Yanukovych, currently there is a lot of speculation on the issue from the Regions Party's opponents.

"I think this is the way of [conducting] a political conflict against us, I don't have any other way of looking at this," he said.

Yanukovych said the future presidential elections could be held on January 17, 2010.

"I've consulted with lawyers. There are two dates: December 26 and January 17. We should not make people go to the elections on New Year's Eve. I think we should have the holidays first and then we can hold the elections," Yanukovych said.

"What will happen in Ukraine depends on whom the people choose," he said.

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