11/22/2004

Ukraine gripped by poll turmoil : Exit polls don't match election outcome

Ukraine gripped by poll turmoil : Exit polls don't match election outcome

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Ukraine gripped by poll turmoil: "Tens of thousands of Ukrainians have thronged major cities, protesting at an election result they consider flawed.

Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko told supporters to stage a civil disobedience campaign.

The cities of Kiev and Lviv refused to recognise the official victory for Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

While Russia accepted the result, a US observer alleged 'concerted and forceful' fraud, and the EU called on Ukraine to review Sunday's election.

'We are very concerned about the news we have had about the outcome,' said Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, representing the EU.


Don't leave Independence Square until victory
Viktor Yushchenko
He said all 25 EU member states would be calling in Ukrainian ambassadors 'to convey our message of serious concern'.

Moscow, which backed Prime Minister Yanukovych, recognised the election result.

'I have congratulated Viktor Yanukovych for his victory,' said President Vladimir Putin's personal envoy, Boris Gryzlov.

Observers for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said Sunday's run-off vote fell far short of European democratic norms."

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