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Former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko says she'll run again for president

Published on Mar 27, 2014 8:38 PM
 
Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of Ukraine's Batkivshchyna Party, addressing the media during a press conference at the European People's Party (EPP) Congress at the Dublin Convention Centre in Dublin. Tymoshenko, urged Western powers on March 16, 2014 to unite on a hard line against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Crimea crisis on March 6, 2014. Ms Tymoshenko, released from jail last month after her arch-foe Viktor Yanukovich fled from power, announced on Thursday, March 27, 2014, that she would run again for president in an election on May 25. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (REUTERS) - Ukrainian former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, released from jail last month after her arch-foe Viktor Yanukovich fled from power, announced on Thursday that she would run again for president in an election on May 25.

"I plan to run for election as president," she told reporters.

Ms Tymoshenko, 53, a powerful speaker known in her heyday for a trademark peasant hair-braid, served twice as prime minister and ran for president in 2010, only to be narrowly beaten in a run-off vote by Mr Yanukovich.

The latter subsequently launched a campaign against Ms Tymoshenko and her allies and she was jailed in 2011 for abuse of office linked to a gas deal she brokered with Russia in 2009.

 
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