Political experts split in their opinion on Poroshenko's running for second term
Ukrainian political scientists are split in their opinion about the possibility and expediency that Petro Poroshenko could run for a second term in Ukraine's presidential elections.
Director of the Ukrainian Barometer Sociological Service Viktor Nebozhenko said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Friday that Poroshenko would take part in the presidential campaign.
"He does not have another option. He will definitely run for a second term," he said.
"There is simply no way out for Poroshenko. He must run for a second term, because, in general, he must preserve his wealth, and, in general, there's no place where he can run away," Nebozhenko added, noting that it is important for Poroshenko to preserve his political future.
He also said that "he [Poroshenko] will start preparing for the second term from spring."
At the same time, Nebozhenko noted that "if President Poroshenko's entourage does not feel in a few months that he is ready to run for a second term... then they will start looking for another person with whom they can work."
Director of Ukraine's Institute for Global Strategies, Vadym Karasiov, in turn, believes that Poroshenko will not run for the second term as president.
"I do not quite agree that the incumbent president will run for a second term, I think that what he said in Davos was just a slip of the tongue... It's clear that he is hesitating," he said.
"I do not think that our Western friends and partners will be delighted that he will again run for a second term without tangible chances of victory," Karasiov added.