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Ukraine's 'kingmaker' keeps cards close to chest

Ukraine's 'kingmaker' keeps cards close to chest
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The man who could hold the key to success in Ukraine’s presidential election run-off is remaining tight-lipped over which candidate he will give his backing to.

Sergei Tigipko came third in the first round with 13 percent of the vote and the two remaining rivals are pulling out all the stops to attract the people who cast their ballots for him.

Julia Tymoshenko has even offered him the role of prime minister if she wins the presidency in the second round on February 7.

Tigipko, though, says he will stay neutral and let her battle it out alone with Victor Yanukovich.

The war of words between Tymoshenko and Yanukovich has stepped up a gear since the first round. She says that if the pro-Russian Yanukovich wins, Ukraine would start to lose its independence.

Yanukovich says the pro-European Tymoshenko should start acting like the prime minister that she currently is or “get back to the kitchen” and continue her “capriciousness” there.