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Ukrainian President To Meet With Parties --> Yushchenko's Our Ukraine is in third place with over 60 percent of the vote counted (epa) March 28, 2006 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is to hold consultations today with the leaders of parties that won seats in parliament in the March 26 elections.

With more than two-thirds of the vote counted, election authorities say the pro-Russian Party of Regions, led by former presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych, leads with more than 29 percent of the vote.

The bloc of former Prime Minister Yuliya Tymoshenko is in second place, with more than 22 percent.

Tymoshenko on March 27 called for Yushchenko to name her prime minister of a new liberal coalition to keep Moscow-backed parties out of office.

The Our Ukraine bloc, which backs the president, was in third place in the election results, with more than 15 percent. Other parties expected to enter the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada include the Socialists and Communists.

(compiled from agency reports)
Torn Between East And West

Yushchenko (center) with Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin (left), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (rear), and Russian President Vladimir Putin (AFP file photo)

IN WHOSE ORBIT? Just over a year ago, tens of thousands of Ukrainians led an extended public uprising that toppled the country's entrenched, pro-Russia regime. But the country remains deeply divided between the east, where ethnic Russians look toward Moscow, and the west, which yearns for deeper integration with Europe. Can Ukraine elect a legislature that represents this torn country? (more)

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