Klitschko Wants Early Election in Bid To Become President

By Michael Krosnov

Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko vowed to bring order to what he describes as a "fight without rules" in Ukraine, calling for early elections in which he plans to stand against President Viktor Yanukovych.

In an interview with AFP, Klitschko also revealed he had held secret talks with Ukraine's hugely powerful oligarchs and tried to win their support for the mass protests against Yanukovych.

He also said he did not rule out inviting the currently jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to become his head of government should he be elected president.

Ukraine has been rocked over the last month by the biggest protests since the 2004 Orange Revolution after Yanukovych infuriated pro-European Ukrainians by ditching a pact for closer ties with the EU.

Klitschko, the leader of the UDAR (Punch) party, has been at the forefront of the protests in a sometimes unlikely triumvirate of opposition leaders alongside the ally of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and the nationalist Oleg Tyagnybok.

"Ukrainian politics today is a fight without rules," he said.

But he added that in the future "it must operate under the same rules as a sport, any violation of the rules leads to disqualification."

The 42-year-old on December 17 resigned his WBC heavyweight title to devote himself to politics, vowing "to knock out" Yanukovych in presidential polls that he wants to be held in March 2014, one year ahead of schedule.

Klitschko reaffirmed his call for the early polls, saying he will make Ukraine a parliamentary republic with presidential credentials reduced.

"I am fighting for a European country and not for the credentials. This policy is optimal for Ukraine," he admitted

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Respect Power on 01-01-2014

I was surprised to see the kilt bros on frontlines of the barricade a couple weeks ago . I believe that vitali is a good person and wants to do right, but I don't know how qualified he is to…

Comment by KING MEAT on 01-01-2014

if pac can be congressman, klit can be a prezodint! [SIZE="1"][I]Posted from App for Android[/I][/SIZE]

Comment by Trudoe the.. on 01-01-2014

Would love to see the former HW champ of the world become the president of any country. It would be an amazing accomplishment. But Klitchko is up against some serious political war from what I hear, he's dealing with the…

Comment by Michael Paine on 01-01-2014

He's not dealing with the WBC, he can't so easily have his own way.

Comment by Dr.Eisenfaust on 01-01-2014

I had the Feeling by reading this article that Vitali is somehow Feeling that he is starting to slowly lose support.

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