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Top opposition MP files application to run for president

He is planning to run as an independent candidate.

Top opposition MP files application to run for president
Yuriy Boyko
Photo: Max Levin

MP Yuriy Boyko has filed an application with the Central Electoral Commission to register as a candidate for president.

He told journalists he would be running as an independent candidate.

"There was no conference because the Opposition Platform-For Life political party has not been registered yet. It is a public movement but it supports me," he said.

Boyko was born in Horlivka in 1958 and studied in the Moscow Chemical Technological Institute.

In 2006-2012, he was the energy minister in the governments of Viktor Yanukovych and Mykola Azarov. In 2012-2014, he was a deputy prime minister.

He ran for president in 2014 but only managed to score 36,000 votes, finishing 14th.

In 2014, he was elected to parliament on the election list of the Opposition Bloc, which he headed.

In late 2018, after he formed an alliance with Viktor Medvedchuk's For Life political force, he was expelled from the Opposition Bloc.

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