Early returns show Poroshenko winning Ukraine vote

Petro Poroshenko, a billionaire chocolate manufacturer, claimed the Ukrainian presidency with an emphatic election victory on Sunday.

Preliminary results with almost 25 percent of votes counted gave Poroshenko 54.1 percent and former premier Yulia Tymoshenko 13.1.

Oleh Lyashko received 8.49% of the votes, Anatoliy Hrytsenko — 5.52%, Serhiy Tihipko — 5.07%, Mykhailo Dobkin — 3.32%, the CEC stated.

According to the electoral legislation, Ukrainian presidential elections are held in two rounds. If a candidate gets more than 50% of votes in the first round, he is recognized as winner.

CEC should announce official results of the first round of presidential elections no later than June 4th.

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