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Ukraine's new first lady a breath of fresh air

Published on Jun 8, 2014 5:59 PM
 
Ukrainian businessman, politician and presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko (left) and his wife Maryna (right), chat during voting in a presidential election at a polling station in Kiev May 25, 2014. With her natural elegance and confident charm, Ukraine's new first lady Marina Poroshenko looks set to usher in a new age, dispensing with the stuffy arrogance long associated with the country's political elite. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - With her natural elegance and confident charm, Ukraine's new first lady Marina Poroshenko looks set to usher in a new age, dispensing with the stuffy arrogance long associated with the country's political elite.

"She incarnates the women of Ukraine with her boundless benevolence and extreme beauty," Oleksiy Goncharenko, an influential blogger, wrote of the slim 52-year-old mother of four, a cardiologist by training.

"A country with women like that is invincible!"

Goncharenko, also a legislator from the southern city of Odessa, argued that the "Marina factor" helped spur millions of Ukrainians to vote for her husband, Petro Poroshenko, who garnered 54.7 percent of the votes in presidential elections late last month.

 
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