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EU Monitors Praise Ukraine's Election Conduct

Ukrainian voting on March 26 in Kyiv (RFE/RL) BRUSSELS, March 28, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- European Parliament members back from  monitoring the March 26 parliamentary elections in Ukraine have praised the conduct of the poll in glowing terms.

Charles Tannock, a British member, said Ukraine had passed an important test of democracy in an "exemplary" fashion.

"The exemplary fashion does in my view confirm the status of Ukraine now irreversibly as a fully fledged member of the democratic family of European nations," he said. "I think that has to be accepted. Nobody can claim it's a sort of a country which doesn't really understand or practice democracy."

Marek Siwiec, the head of the European Parliament's seven-member observation mission, said he was not aware of any significant irregularities.

On March 27, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the Ukrainian elections had met democratic standards.

The Key Players

The Key Players

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