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You're reading: Tough choices ahead for Vitali Klitschko

However, it’s highly unlikely that Viktor Yanukovych will free his main political rival any time soon, and the opposition will have to consider an additional option: Batkivshchyna leader Arseniy Yatseniuk or UDAR’s Vitali Klitschko.

The day after the Kyiv rally, market researcher GfK Ukraine released findings from a poll conducted in April that shows Klitschko would get a more than convincing victory if he runs against Yanukovych. According to this research, both of them would get 16 percent of votes in the first round, but Klitschko would get 38 percent against Yanukovych’s 19 percent in the second round.

At the same time, it’s too early for Klitschko to uncork the champagne bottle. This is a serious achievement for a politician whose party has just made it to parliament for the first time. But his real problems are only about to start.

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