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Ukrainian President has One-Man Debate as Opponent is a No-Show

  • Ukrainian President has One-Man Debate as Opponent is a No-Show

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Published 15 April 2019

A dispute over the date of the Ukrainian presidential debate led to a one-man discussion in Kiev on Sunday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a one-man debate for the presidential election at the country's largest stadium in Kiev on Sunday, as his opponent Volodymyr Zelensky failed to show up.


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The person who is seeking for re-election arrived at the stadium and waited for his opponent for 45 minutes, before he gave a press conference.

At the press conference, Poroshenko said he will, at the request of his rival, do his best to have another debate on Friday.

According to Ukraine's election law, presidential candidates must have a televised debate on the last Friday before the run-off vote.

Poroshenko and Zelensky failed to agree on the date before. While Poroshenko proposed to set the debate on Sunday, Zelensky insisted in having it on Friday, two days before the election.

In the the election's first round last month, Zelenskiy, a comedian, got 30.24 percent of votes, and Poroshenko gained 15.95 percent of votes.

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