Klitschko, 42, leader of the opposition Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, is the current WBC heavyweight boxing champion, and although a permanent resident of Germany has been a citizen of Ukraine since its 1991 independence, the Ukrainian News Agency said Thursday.
In his announcement he stressed his German residency does not preclude his presidential ambitions.
His party intends to seek abolition of legal provisions stipulating a person with a permanent residence in another country is not considered a Ukraine, but amendments to the tax code, approved by Parliament Thursday, reinforced the provisions, the news agency said.
Parliamentary Deputy Volodymyr Polochanynov of the Batkivschyna faction has said Klitschko may have problems registering as a presidential candidate because of the amendments to the tax code.
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