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Ukraine Opposition Protests Election Fraud, Threatens To Boycott Parliament

Ukrainian Opposition Protests Election Resultsi
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November 05, 2012
Hundreds of people rallied in central Kyiv on November 5 to protest against what the Ukrainian opposition says was vote-rigging by President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling party in the October 28 parliamentary elections. Crowds gathered outside the Central Election Commission in response to a call to protest by opposition parties, including that of jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. (Reuters)
Ukraine's opposition parties are holding a rally in Kyiv to protest alleged rigging of the results from last month's parliamentary elections.

More than a thousand opposition supporters demonstrated on November 5 in front of the Central Election Commission headquarters.

Opposition parties -- including the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and the Udar (Punch) party of former world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko -- are threatening to boycott the newly elected parliament.

With nearly all the votes counted, President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling Party of Regions and its allies appear to have retained a majority of more than 225 seats in the 450-seat parliament.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called the election a step backward in Ukraine's democracy.

Based on reporting by UNIAN, Interfax, AP, and Reuters

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