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)
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)