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According
to the exit poll by Savik Shuster Studio political
talk show, Vitali Klitschko won 57 percent of the vote, leaving the runner-up Lesya Orobets  far behind with 10 percent of the vote.

The
capital has lived without a mayor for the last two years since Leonid
Chernovetsky, the city’s last elected mayor, resigned on June 1,
2012. He had been absent from Kyiv’s political scene for more than
six months before his resignation, allowing a presidential appointee
to run the city. The Kyiv city council’s legal five-year term
expired in June of 2013.

Since
that time the council’s secretary Halyna Hereha, a business tycoon
and wife of the Party of Regions lawmaker Oleksandr Hereha, was
acting as city major. Until recently she ran the city along with
Oleksandr Popov, an appointed head of Kyiv State Administration.

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