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Ukraine's Poroshenko launches bid for second term as president

Ukraine's Poroshenko launches bid for second term as president
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses to his supporters in Kiev, Ukraine January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko   -   Copyright  VALENTYN OGIRENKO(Reuters)
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KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s pro-Western President Petro Poroshenko launched his bid for a second five-year term in front of thousands of supporters on Tuesday, ahead of a tight election race in March.

A 53-year-old confectionary magnate and one of Ukraine’s richest men, Poroshenko has steered the country on a pro-Western and pro-NATO course since coming to power in the aftermath of the 2014 Maidan protests and Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

(Reporting by Pavel Polityuk and Natalia Zinets; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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