Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko announced her intention to run for President of Ukraine in the upcoming May elections.
At the press conference, Tymoshenko asked for the support of her party “Fatherland” and said that Arseniy Yatsenyuk would remain the Prime Minister.
In February, following months of anti-government protests that caused President Yanukovych to flee, Tymoshenko was released after three years in jail.
Tymoshenko has already served as Prime Minister twice. In 2010, she also ran for the presidency, but lost the runoff to her counterpart Viktor Yanukovych.
Short after Yanukovych became the president, Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years of prison for the abuse of office. The case is widely thought to be politically motivated.
According to opinion polls the chocolate “king” Petro Poroshenko is the most popular candidate, followed by former boxer Vitaliy Klitschko. Both have yet to announce their nominations for the presidency.
The election is to take place on May, 25.