After ex-speaker and banker Arseniy Yatseniuk, the intention to participate in the upcoming presidential elections has been expressed by another banker, Swedbank CEO Serhiy Tihipko, according to Ukrinform.

The co-chairman of the Council of Investors at the Cabinet of Ministers and an adviser to the premier said he would resign and run for president.

Tihipko said he wanted to return to politics to influence the situation. In his opinion, amid the crisis, the country is entering a "zone of turbulence, including political turbulence." As a result, it is difficult to forecast what will happen with the popularity ratings of major presidential candidates, he added. Tihipko said that the authorities and the opposition would lose their popularity. According to him, 30-40% of voters currently do not want to support so-called "old" politicians, and the number of these voters will grow.

Tihipko headed the headquarters of presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych during the presidential election campaign in 2004, but in November 2004, he left the post and resigned as governor of the National Bank of Ukraine. Then he said he was not planning to return to politics.

The Ukrainian parliament called presidential elections for October 25, 2009, however, the legality of this date is currently being considered at the Constitutional Court.


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