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Billionaire Petro Poroshenko, who leads the Ukrainian presidential election with over 50 percent of votes, said Monday he plans to keep the current prime minister and hopes to cooperate with him.

KIEV, May 26 (RIA Novosti) – Billionaire Petro Poroshenko, who leads the Ukrainian presidential election with over 50 percent of votes, said Monday he plans to keep the current prime minister and hopes to cooperate with him.

“I think that cooperation, first and foremost with Ukrainian government chief Arseniy Yatsenyuk, may be effective. I hope for this and thus have no plans to replace the government’s leadership,” he said.

With 60.15 percent of ballots counted, billionaire Petro Poroshenko leads in Ukraine’s presidential race, taking 53.72 percent of the vote, Ukraine’s Central Election Commission said Monday.

Yatsenyuk became Ukraine’s interim prime minister after a February coup that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych after months of clashes between pro-Russian authorities and supporters of Ukraine’s integration with Europe.

Last week, Yatsenyuk ruled out bilateral talks between Kiev and Moscow, saying de-escalation in the crisis-hit country could only be discussed in international forums.

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