Advertisement
Advertisement

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 Boxingscene.com 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.

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Mayweather: Me and Al Haymon Have All The Say So in Boxing Arum: If Pacquiao Continues To Fight, Crawford is Perfect Foe Nietes May Defend Against Garcia in May, Not Fuentes Boxe Loreni Wins Purse Bid For Chudinov-Signani EBU Title Fight IRA Claims 'Credit' For Deadly Dublin Weigh-In Shooting Browne Continues Camp As Chagaev Clash Still On Course Freddie Roach Warns: Don't Count Khan Out Completely Jonathan Gonzelez-Joebert Alvarez To Battle on March 19 Brook: I Wish Khan The Best, Don't Think He Can Beat Canelo Gutknecht To Braehmer: I’m Ready To Avenge My Defeat! Robert Helenius-Johann Duhaupas on April 2 For WBC Silver Belt Evander Holyfield: Anthony Joshua is Best Fighter UK Ever Had Mayweather: Khan Should Have Fought Brook, Not Canelo "Fighting Words" - Canelo vs. Khan: A One-Ring Circus Khan: If I'm Scared of Brook, Then Why Would I Fight Canelo? Guillermo Rigondeaux Wants To Excite in Liverpool, Says Diaz Haye Says The Klitschko Era is Over, Tabs Fury For Repeat Win Austin Trout Willing To Travel, Face Liam Smith in The UK Tyson Fury Hopes Wladimir Klitschko Rematch is Set 'ASAP' Hatton: Canelo Will Be Too Strong and Powerful For Amir Khan Francisco Vargas: Salido Would Be High Risk, a Good Challenge Povetkin: After Wilder I'm Open To Fury, Martin and Klitschko Lucian Bute, Alvarez, Beterbiev Tripleheader on April 2nd? Khan: People Thought De La Hoya Would Destroy Pacquiao Wanheng Menayothin Defends WBC Strap on March 2nd Artur Beterbiev Eyes Ring Return in March or April Pedro Guevara Faces Jether Oliva on February 20 in Sinaloa McGuigan: Khan is Very Ballsy, Canelo Walks Around at 200 Sam O'Maison Stole The Show With Big Knockout Over Hardy Cortez Feels Canelo-Golovkin is More Likely For 2017 Showtime Championship Boxing 30: Hopes for the Year Ahead Tyson Fury Hopes To Head Up New Heavyweight Era Amir Khan Admits Canelo's Size Initially Concerned Him Daily Bread Mailbag: Kovalev, Golovkin, Canelo-Khan, More Frank Warren: Boxing Must Do More For Retired Fighters Johann Duhaupas Returns, Dominates Nascimento Over Ten Khan Says Shock Value Makes '50-50' Fight With Canelo Bigger Kovalev's Coach: If Ward Can't Hurt Sergey, He's in Trouble! Jamel Herring Looking To Step Things Up in 2016 Luis Ortiz Stays Patient, Waiting For Opponent To Get Finalized
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement