The decision to run for the mayor has been widely anticipated after Klichko had ended his professional boxing carrier in November 2005. Klichko also leads a bloc of liberal and youth parties for the general election.
“I want to become the mayor of Kyiv because I love my city very much and want to make life in the city better,” Klichko said at a press conference.
Omelchenko, who is backed by President Viktor Yushchenko’s Our Ukraine, has been leading Klichko in opinion polls taken last month, according to polling firms.
Omelchenko would receive 24.2% of the vote among Kyiv residents, followed by Klichko’s 14.5%, according to the poll released by Democratic Initiatives Dec. 26.
Leonid Chernovetskiy, a Kyiv banker and a lawmaker, would get 13.1% of the vote, followed by Mykola Tomenko, who would score 11.3%, according to the poll.
Political parties view Kyiv mayoral election as strategically important as the capital is the largest and the wealthiest city in Ukraine, Ukrainian journal informed.
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