May 25 - Confectionary magnate Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine's presidency, his rival Yulia Tymoshenko concedes. Gavino Garay reports.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) DEMOCRATIC INITIATIVE FOUNDATION DIRECTOR IRINA BEKESHKINA, SAYING: "Overall across Ukraine Poroshenko is at 55.9 percent, Tymoshenko at 12.9 percent." Ukrainian confectionary billionaire Petro Poroshenko claims Ukraine's presidency after exit polls gave him an absolute majority in a first round of voting. The man known as the "chocolate king" offers choice words to his supporters. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN POLITICIAN PETRO POROSHENKO, SAYING: "We can state today that this election, which is crucial for the future of our country, has taken place. And you see that all exit polls without exception which were held by the most credible polling organizations in the country and the whole world, show with very small discrepancies that the election is over after the first round and the country has a new president." Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko conceded to the victory. The election marks the culmination of a revolution that erupted last November, forcing pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich to flee the country. But pro-Moscow separatists in the provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk blocked the vote because it would imply they were still part of Ukraine.