The first round of presidential elections has shown that only 16% of Ukrainians support the current authorities. Not a single politician in Western countries with such a low rating would have thought about re-campaigning on elections,” said the Chairman of the Political Council of the OPPOSITION BLOC, the Prime Minister of the Opposition Government, Borys Kolesnikov, in an interview with the “Interfax-Ukraine” agency.
According to Borys Kolesnikov, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the leader of the “Batkivshchyna” party, Yulia Tymoshenko, together received fewer votes than Volodymyr Zelensky. In general, the first round has shown that 84% of Ukrainians do not trust the authorities.
“Zelensky’s high result is a direct protest against the situation that has occurred in our country over the past 5 years. Other candidates, whatever they were called, did not publicly support the authorities. By some moves, Boyko and Lovochkin (MP Serhiy Lovochkin - Ed.) supported the authorities, but publicly – definitely not. Therefore, the result of the authorities is 16%. Can the authorities have 16% of support of the population? It’s impossible. Not a single Western politician, having such a result, would go to the first round,” stated the Prime Minister of the Opposition Government.
According to Borys Kolesnikov, the president of Ukraine is unlikely to be able to “revenge” such a large-scale backlog of Volodymyr Zelensky in the second round of elections. “The last elections were full-scale in 2010, rather than in 2014. In the first round, Viktor Yanukovych received 35%, Yulia Tymoshenko - 25%. Tymoshenko managed to win back 7%, and the opposition won. It’s unrealistic to win back here,” summed up the Chairman of the Political Council of the OPPOSITION BLOC.