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Yuschenko still confident of victory in Ukrainian election

RIA Novosti


KIEV, January 17 (RIA Novosti) - Incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko is still confident of his victory in Sunday's presidential elections, despite low ratings, the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN reported.

When asked, what he would do, if he was not elected, Yushchenko said: "I will be elected," UNIAN reported.

The incumbent president, who was brought to power as a result of the Orange Revolution five years ago, earlier said his reelection was "the only realistic way of standing up for Ukraine and Ukrainians" and continuing the policies he had pursued for the past five years.

Opinion polls, however, point to Viktor Yanukovych, Yushchenko's opponent in the 2004 race, as the leading contender with ratings 10% higher than those of his closest rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who supported Yushchenko in 2004 but has since become the president's bitter rival.

According to some polls, Yushchenko's rating numbers are below 3%, but his campaign office earlier suggested those numbers were misleading and his support was being deliberately underreported.