Ukraine's Elections Making America's Partisan Tussle Look Tame

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    interesting article about the hugely important (for us and europe/russia) ukranian elections. the winner decides the tilt ukraine takes, to the east (russia) or to the west (US/EU). let's hope they go west.

     
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    Ukraine mired in ballot protests

    Some 5,000 students have protested in the Ukrainian capital Kiev against what they allege were falsified results from Sunday's presidential election.

    There was also an angry debate in the Ukrainian parliament, with calls for a recount and for key officials to quit.

    Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych will face a run-off with his rival Viktor Yushchenko, as they are in a dead heat with nearly all votes counted.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3975679.stm

    Ukraine press split over poll

    Newspapers in Ukraine give sharply contrasting views on the outcome of the first round of the presidential election.

    There is plenty of comment on the much-criticised shortcomings of the polls, and after a dead heat the rival camps each predict that their man will triumph in the 21 November run-off.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3974457.stm

    Observers say Ukraine election unfair

    Kiev, Ukraine, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- European election observers have denounced last weekend's national elections in Ukraine as a democratic step backwards, Voice of America reported Tuesday.

    http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20041102-090042-4486r.htm
     
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    Well atleast our two partys keep the corruption behind closed doors. I almost feel sorry for them, but the ukrainians that imagrated to seattle years ago were rude and selfish, screw em'!
     
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    Run-off in Ukraine elections

    Nick Paton Walsh in Kiev
    Tuesday November 2, 2004
    The Guardian

    The two leading candidates in Ukraine's presidential elections agreed yesterday to hold a second round vote, despite both claiming they had won the most votes in Sunday's first round.
    The decision was made as observers from the EU and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the elections did not meet international norms.

    With 94% of votes counted, the pro-Russian prime minister, Viktor Yanukovich, had 40.12% of the vote, and the pro-western Viktor Yushchenko had 39.16%, both less than the 50% needed to avoid a second round. The run-off will be held on November 21.

    Irina Gerashenko, a spokeswoman for Mr Yushchenko, said there would be a second round despite the "government having stolen a significant number of votes in the first round".



    http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1341141,00.html
     
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    Yushchenko calls for international recognition; Fischer raises “justifiable doubts”
    Nov 23, 14:03

    (AP) - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer called for calm Nov. 23 in Ukraine in the wake of the country's disputed presidential election and urged an investigation of the results as opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko called for international recognition.

    Some 100,000 demonstrators packed the center of the Ukrainian capital to protest alleged fraud after the Ukrainian Election Commission announced that Kremlin-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was ahead of Western-leaning candidate Viktor Yushchenko with nearly all the votes counted.

    http://www.kyivpost.com/bn/21847/




    EU newcomers wary of Ukraine instability on border
    24 November 2004

    WARSAW: Turmoil in Ukraine after a chaotic election raised worries in central Europe's EU newcomers overnight that their eastern borders will become the new frontline in the fight against political instability.


    The warning comes as 200,000 supporters of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko protested outside parliament in Kiev to demand the government admit it cheated in Sunday's presidential vote, robbing Yushchenko of victory.

    The West-leaning Yushchenko told parliament Ukraine "is on the brink of civil conflict" after the vote – apparently won by Moscow-backed Premier Viktor Yanukovich – which independent international observers and the European Union called fraudulent.

    "The road to freedom is difficult and we in Poland know something about this because we also fought for freedom," former Polish prime minister and now member of European Parliament Jerzy Buzek told Yushchenko supporters in Kiev.

    "You've got to be steadfast, you've got to be tough. We are with you," said Buzek, sent to Kiev as an observer of the polls.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3107189a12,00.html



    Some 100,000 gather in protest in Ukraine's Lviv

    Updated 10:55pm (Mla time) Nov 23, 2004
    Agence France-Presse



    LVIV, Ukraine -- About 100,000 protesters gathered Tuesday in the western opposition stronghold of Lviv to demand that their leader Viktor Yushchenko be recognized the winner of contested presidential elections.

    http://news.inq7.net/world/index.php?index=1&story_id=19054
     
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    Soros is once again trying to influence the election of a duly elected government.
     
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    http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1101321029688_96730229/?hub=World
     
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    President warns Ukraine could implode
    Thursday 25 November 2004

    Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has said his country could erupt into a civil war as the stand-off between rival candidates in the country's presidential election deepened.

    As the opposition vowed to block the country's roads, airports and railways in response to a nationwide strike call by the opposition leader Viktor Yuschenko who refuses to recognise the officially declared win of his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovic.

    Yuschchenko said he did not recognise Yanukovic's election as president, accusing officials of widespread fraud and called for a country-wide "political strike".

    "We do not recognise the election as officially declared," Yushchenko told tens of thousands of supporters massed in Kiev's main square for the third straight day.

    Yushchenko said the proclamation of results giving victory to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich put Ukraine "on the brink of civil conflict".

    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D86FEB9A-1500-4394-91C1-A98EA5297BC8.htm
     
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    Ukraine's Kuchma warns of coup
    From correspondents in Kiev, Ukraine
    November 25, 2004

    UKRAINIAN President Leonid Kuchma warned today that the opposition had been plotting a coup and urged all sides to engage in political dialogue after his pro-Moscow prime minister was declared winner of a disputed presidential election.

    Interfax quoted Mr Kuchma as saying that opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was planning to "resort to force - to stage a state coup" even before officials announced final results that gave Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich a three per cent win in Monday's vote.

    Mr Kuchma called on all sides to "immediately sit down at the negotiating table" and other nations "to abstain from meddling in Ukrainian affairs".

    The opposition has been massing by the hundreds of thousands in Kiev and western Ukrainian cities that are the bastion of Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko's support since Monday.

    http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11493212%5E1702,00.html
     
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    Powell: U. S. doesn't accept Ukraine results
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Colin Powell said today the United States does not consider legitimate the results of elections in Ukraine, which the opposition says was marred by fraud.

    He challenged leaders of the former Soviet bloc nation "to decide whether they are on the side of democracy or not."

    "If the Ukrainian government does not act immediately and responsibly there will be consequences for our relationship, for Ukraine's hopes for a Euro-Atlantic integration and for individuals responsible for perpetrating fraud," Powell said.

    http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/world/2917344
     

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