WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko has officially announced his candidacy for the 2015 Ukrainian presidential election.
With his announcement comes a bit of controversy, however. On Wednesday, parliament passed a bill restricting individuals who have lived outside of Ukraine during the past 10 years from running.
This, according to BBC:
The bill adopted on Wednesday amended Ukraine’s current tax code. It now states that if a Ukrainian national holds permanent resident status in another country they cannot be considered a resident of Ukraine. Previously, they only had to live in Ukraine for at least 180 days a year.
Klitschko holds permanent residency in Germany.
The latest move from parliament, and the intimidation from other parties, hasn’t deterred the man with the heavy hands from entering the race.
“Everything that has taken place in parliament today… does not intimidate me and will not stop me,” he said.
“To head off these various schemes and attempts at getting even with me as a possible candidate, I want to declare this: I will run for president.”
Klitschko, who heads the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reforms (Udar), is not used to backing down from the competition. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pull enough weight to change the current state of the country.