Oleksandr Klymenko (2014 Ukrainian presidential candidate)
Oleksandr Ivanovych Klymenko (Ukrainian: Олександр Іванович Клименко, born April 14, 1965 in Marinka, Donetsk Oblast) is a Ukrainian politician, entrepreneur. Since the late 2013, he is a leader of the Ukrainian People's Party.
Until 1998 there is little or no information on Klymenko, except that he was born in a small city just outside Donetsk. Sometimes before 1998 Klymenko also was a director of the "Enerhozbutprom". In 1999 he graduated the Donetsk Institute of Economics and Business Law.
In 1998-2005 Klymenko was a chairman of shareholders council of the "Donbasenerhobud" and the president of "Leasing-Center" in Donetsk.
In 2002 parliamentary elections as a nonpartisan Klymenko ran for the Supreme Council of Ukraine in district 107 of the Luhansk Oblast finishing with 14.6% in the third place out of 12 contenders. In 2004 he joined the Ukrainian People's Party. In April 2005 to July 2006 Klymenko was a deputy governor of the Donetsk Oblast. In 2006 Donetsk city mayoral elections he gained 6%. In 2006 parliamentary elections as a member of Ukrainian National Bloc of Kostenko and Plyushch Klymenko unsuccessfully ran for parliament again being placed #7 on the party's list. In 2007 parliamentary elections he finally became the People's Deputy of Ukraine on the party list of the Our Ukraine–People's Self-Defense Bloc as #50. In 2012 Klymenko headed the electoral campaign of Our Ukraine in Donetsk Oblast.
On March 29, 2014 he submitted documents to the Central Election Commission of Ukraine as a candidate for the 2014 Ukrainian presidential election as a leader of the Ukrainian People's Party. But he withdrew his candidacy on May 18 "to support Petro Poroshenko as the sole representative of the national democratic forces".
- Ukrainian People's Party under the cover of smoke grenades replaced its leader to a Donetsk native. Ukrayinska Pravda. 5 October 2013
- The leader of Ukrainian People's Party Oleksandr Klymenko is going to run for presidents. Mirror Weekly. 29 March 2014.
- (in Ukrainian) Out of the presidential race fell out another candidate, Ukrayinska Pravda (18 May 2014)
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