The leader of the Front for Change, Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Bloc MP Arseniy Yatseniuk, has said that the term "also-ran" has nothing to do with anybody who participates in a presidential election, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

He was speaking at a press conference in Dnipropetrovsk on Thursday, the Front for Change's press service reported.

"I currently have the same rating as the premier. It's completely the same, but I don't have the heart to describe the incumbent premier as an also-ran. To say so is to hurt the millions of people who support this politician," Yatseniuk said.

He also said that the term "also-ran" had nothing to do with anybody who runs for the presidency.

"If this [person] wins only one percent [of the vote], this means that somebody voted for him and that he has certain public support. I think that it's our Ukrainian tradition – if there's nothing to say, then personal insults are hurled," Yatseniuk said.

He also said that he would face Regions Party leader Viktor Yanukovych in the second round of the presidential election.

"I'm sure that I'll meet Yanukovych in the second round of the presidential election, and this will be a very difficult struggle. Through open debate and presidential debate, we'll decide who'll win. I'm convinced I'll win," Yatseniuk said

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