11/22/2004

Yahoo! News - U.S. Calls on Ukraine to Probe Election: Exit polls favored "loser"

Yahoo! News - U.S. Calls on Ukraine to Probe Election: "Echoing criticism by the European Union (news - web sites), the Organization for Security and Cooperation (news - web sites), Freedom House and others, spokesman Adam Ereli said the United States was deeply concerned and called on Ukrainian authorities 'to act to ensure an outcome that reflects the will of the Ukrainian people.'

The State Department is not calling for new elections and it is not too late to address concerns, but 'quick action on the part of the government of Ukraine is required,' Ereli said

Otherwise, he said, 'we would consider the results tarnished and would have to consider what responses in the relationship would be appropriate.'

In Ukraine, announcement by the elections commission that Kremlin-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was ahead of reformist candidate Viktor Yushchenko with nearly all the votes counted evoked widespread dismay and anger among the former Soviet republic's 48 million people."

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