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Presidential election in Ukraine: corruption at the heart of voters' concerns

2019-04-20T06:09:46.987Z

The presidential campaign is officially over in Ukraine. Tomorrow Sunday, April 21, voters will nominate their president for the next five years. According to the latest polls available, comedian Volodimir Zelenski is credited ...


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Two days before the presidential elections, the two competitors (Poroshenko and Zelenskiy) met on Friday 19 April in a one-on-one match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev (illustration). REUTERS / Valentyn Ogirenko

The presidential campaign is officially over in Ukraine. Tomorrow Sunday, April 21, voters will nominate their president for the next five years. According to the latest polls available, comedian Volodimir Zelenski is credited with 72.2% of votes against 25.4% for the outgoing head of state. Among the grievances against Petro Poroshenko: the inefficiency of the fight against corruption. Corruption still very present and denounced by voters.

with our special correspondent in Kiev, Anastasia Becchio

In his speaker perched on his van a tour guide offers tours to Mejigorie, the former residence of President Yanukovych, become the symbol of corruption of the old regime.

Five years after the revolution, with rising prices and the war in the East, corruption remains one of the main concerns of Ukrainians. This is what drives Tetiana and her fiancé, both students, to seek to complete their studies abroad. " It is difficult in Ukraine to break the glass ceiling of corruption and to find a place in university, at work. That's why we decided to leave, "says Tetiana.

After the Maidan Revolution, several anti-corruption institutions were created, but their scope is limited by lack of political will, says Daria Kaleniuk, director of the NGO Anti-Corruption Center. " Anti-corruption bodies are under constant pressure and under attack. The judicial system defends political interests. We see in this election campaign that people are tired of this political elite. They believe that it must be sanctioned politically for not having kept its promises ".

Petro Poroshenko apologized for not having successfully completed the fight against corruption. A statement, which even if it looks sincere, for Daria Kaleniuk, probably comes a little late.

to (re) read : Presidential in Ukraine: at the bedside of an economy affected by corruption

Source: rfi

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