Twenty-three candidates to run for Ukraine's presidency
The Central Election Commission of Ukraine has completed the registration of presidential candidates having registered 23 contenders for presidency.
On Thursday, the CEC concluded the consideration of the documents submitted by presidential hopefuls. A total of 46 candidates filed their documents, 23 of them were denied registration due to non-compliance with the law.
Thus, a total of 23 candidates will take part in the presidential race, seven of them are nominated by political parties, 16 are self-nominees.
The candidates nominated by their political parties include leader of the Batkivschyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko, Leader of the Svoboda All-Ukrainian Association Oleh Tiahnybok , Communist Party Leader Petro Symonenko, Civil Position Party leader Anatoliy Hrytsenko, Ukrainian People's Party Leader Oleksandr Klymenko, Leader of the Popular Rukh of Ukraine Vasyl Kuibida, and Leader of the Radical Party Oleh Liashko.
The self-nominees include Ukrainian businessman MP Petro Poroshenko, MP Sergiy Tigipko and MP Oleh Tsariov, both of the Party of Regions, former Deputy Prime Minister Yuriy Boiko, former Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Mykhailo Dobkin, former First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin, Head of the Ukrainian Jewish Congress Vadym Rabinovich, former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service Mykola Malomuzh, former Minister of Social Policy Natalia Korolevska, Former Head of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine Vasyl Tsushko, Leader of the Right Sector Party Dmytro Yaros, activists of Maidan doctor Olha Bohomolets and Zorian Shkiriak, ex-MP Valeriy Konovaliuk, and entrepreneurs Volodymyr Saranov and Andriy Hrynenko.
The presidential elections are scheduled for May 25.
A total of 18 candidates ran for president in 2010.