KIEV, June 23 (RIA Novosti) - Ukraine's parliament on
Tuesday set January 17, 2010, as the date for the country's
With 226 votes necessary for approval, 339 lawmakers voted for
An alternative scenario for holding presidential polls on
November 22, 2009 received just 42 votes.
A survey conducted by the independent pollster Public
Opinion (Ukraine) Foundation earlier this month said the former
prime minister and Party of Regions leader Viktor Yanukovich
enjoyed the support of 26.6% of respondents.
Current Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and
ex-parliamentary speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk remain his closest
rivals with 16.2% and 12.8%, respectively, according to the
President Viktor Yushchenko, who has announced plans to
run for a second term, polled a miniscule 1.9%.