Protyvsikh considers Tymoshenko his main opponent in presidential elections

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Nov. 10, 2009, 5:46 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Ukrainian presidential candidate Vasyl Protyvsikh (whose surname translates as Against-Everyone) says he expects to win through to the second round of presidential elections and considers Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to be his main opponent. "All of my opponents are main ones. But Yulia Volodymyrivna [Tymoshenko] is the most main of all," he said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Protyvsikh said he expected to win the first round of presidential elections.

Asked where he had obtained the UAH 2.5 million deposit for his registration as presidential candidate, he said that his friends from around the world had provided assistance to him.

He said that he supports Ukraine's economic growth.

"If we have an economically powerful Ukraine, it will have a financially healthy system and it will be respected by all of our neighbors," he said.

Protyvsikh had a different last name - Humeniuk - before October 2, 2009. Born in 1946, Protyvsikh heads the Ivano-Frankivsk Chamber of Commerce.
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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2009, 3:40 a.m.    

This is brilliant! Anyone clever enough to change his name to Protyvsikh is going to get a lot of votes from disillusioned Ukrainian voters.

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Anonymous Nov. 11, 2009, 4:50 a.m.    

This is just like Richard Pryor's campaign for "none of the above". This should be covered around the world because the capaign for Protyvsikh could be just what Ukraine needs.

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Anonymous Nov. 12, 2009, 1:30 p.m.    

This is BS the guy is a fraud and it makes a complete mockery of the whole presidential election. Anther reason why the President should be elected by the Parliament as is the case with the European Union. The fact that he claims Yulia is his main target indicates his true intentions.

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