Ex-Boxing Champ Klitschko Re-Elected in Ukrainian Capital

  • Incumbent mayor and ally of president defeats lawmaker Bereza
  • Runoff vote part of revamp of Ukrainian political structures

Former world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko won a runoff for re-election as mayor of Kiev, keeping an ally of President Petro Poroshenko in charge of Ukraine’s capital.

Klitschko got 66.5 percent of the vote on Sunday, defeating independent lawmaker Boryslav Bereza, who garnered 33.5 percent, the Interfax news service reported, citing data from the Central Electoral Commission. 

The voting, after a first round on Oct. 25, is part of a political overhaul triggered by last year’s ouster of pro-Russian leader Viktor Yanukovych amid mass street demonstrations. Klitschko was a leader of those protests as the head of the Udar party, which joined the Petro Poroshenko Bloc. He was first elected mayor of Kiev in May, 2014.

The local elections, which follow presidential and parliamentary votes in the wake of Yanukovych’s ouster, weren’t held in areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions controlled by pro-Russian militants. Talks continue over how to organize polls in the conflict zone as part of the so-called Minsk peace accord brokered in February with help from Germany and France.

In the city of Lviv near the Polish border, Andriy Sadovy, the leader of the Samopomich party, was re-elected with 61.1 percent of the vote, according to Interfax. In Dnipropetrovsk, close to Ukraine’s eastern conflict zone, Borys Filatov, an ally of Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, was set to win with 55 percent, television 112 reported, citing results with more than 90 percent counted. A ballot in the eastern port city of Mariupol has been delayed until Nov. 29.

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