Klitschko backs choc magnate after quitting presidential race

Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko has pulled out of the race for president, backing chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko. His exit makes May's poll an effective two-horse race between the billionaire oligarch and Yulia Tymoshenko.

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Vitali Klitschko withdraws from presidential race

Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko has pulled out of the race for president and chosen to back billionaire confectionery oligarch Petro Poroshenko.

Vitali Klitschko announces he will not stand for Ukraine president. Credit: APTN

Klitschko's withdrawal, and an announcement by Poroshenko yesterday evening that he would stand in the May 25 election, has drawn the battle lines between the man known as the "Chocolate King" and Ukraine's former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.

"The only chance of winning is to nominate one candidate from the democratic forces," Klitschko told a meeting of his political party.

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