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Ukrainian Opposition Leader In Austria For Tests

10 December 2004 -- Ukrainian opposition leader and presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko arrived back at a private Vienna hospital today for further tests to determine the cause of his mystery illness.

Yushchenko told reporters as he arrived at the Rudolfinerhaus clinic that he would stay until 13 August, unless tests were finished before then.

Yushchenko has accused Ukrainian authorities of trying to poison him in the run-up to a presidential vote marred by fraud.

Yushchenko first fell ill in September and was rushed to the Vienna hospital. He resumed campaigning later in the month but with a pockmarked and badly disfigured face. He returned to the hospital later in September for further treatment.


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