Yushchenko's office said tonight the president plans to meet with leaders of all of the parties that made it into parliament, including Yanukovich and Tymoshenko before deciding on a possible coalition. Correspondents say the report may dampen hopes among some that the pro-Western parties would quickly unite to form a government.
The European Union, the United States, and the OSCE have praised the vote as meeting democratic standards.
(AP, ITAR-TASS, Interfax)
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)