Vakarchuk says he will not participate in presidential election

Vakarchuk says he will not participate in presidential election

Well-known musician and composer, leader of the Okean Elzy rock band and public figure Svyatoslav Vakarchuk has said that he will not run for the post of Ukraine's president.

The musician's official statement has been posted on his Facebook page.

"I have repeatedly stated that I am not interested in power as such, in the presidential post as such. I am interested in real changes in the country. To dot the i's and cross the t's, to remove all questions, I officially declare that I, Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, will not take part in the presidential election in 2019," the statement reads.

Vakarchuk added that he is well aware that "now, in jeans, I can do more for the country than putting on a tie, and I'm not going to stand aside."

According to him, he, along with his team, will work to make sure that pro-European forces win. "I will work to bring as many young professionals as possible into the government - people of the future, those for whom justice and state interests are above all," Vakarchuk said.

He also thanked everyone who trusts him and promised to justify such trust.

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