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Ukrainian Opposition Protests Alleged Election Fraud

More than a thousand supporters of Ukraine's opposition parties rallied in front of the Central Election Commission in Kyiv on November 5 to protest the alleged rigging of the results from last month's parliamentary elections. 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.

A woman holds a placard with pictures of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko and jailed opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko.
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A woman holds a placard with pictures of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko and jailed opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko.

Protesters wave the flags of several opposition parties.
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Protesters wave the flags of several opposition parties.

Protesters shout slogans and use buckets as drums.
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Protesters shout slogans and use buckets as drums.

Riot police keep watch during the protest.
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Riot police keep watch during the protest.

Supporters of world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko carry the flag of his Udar (Punch) party.
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Supporters of world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko carry the flag of his Udar (Punch) party.

Leader of Ukrainian united opposition "Fatherland" Arseniy Yatsenyuk
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Leader of Ukrainian united opposition "Fatherland" Arseniy Yatsenyuk

A poster with the word "Dictator" shows a composite picture of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
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A poster with the word "Dictator" shows a composite picture of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Protesters set up mock "ballot boxes."
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Protesters set up mock "ballot boxes."

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