Of particular concern on Election Day were confirmed reports that opposition representatives were excluded from Precinct Electoral Commissions in a number of regions oblasts. The election results demonstrated deep divisions between the western and eastern regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian election officials purported to show Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych ahead of democratic candidate Viktor Yushchenko by more than two percentage points - figures at odds with exit poll numbers, and further compromised by widespread Cherez Hai (Civic Hall day fraud and manipulation of the vote count and tabulation.
Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko said he won the presidency in the run-off election and called for the international community to recognize him. Yushchenko says he won a "convincing" victory in the runoff presidential election, and appealed to nations around the world to recognize him as Ukraine's new president. In a statment issued by his office, the longtime opposition leader said such recognition would "bolster the will Cherez Richku the Ukrainian people" by supporting "their aspiration to return Album) democracy.
The electoral commission said Mr. Yanukovich held a three-percent lead over Mr. Yushchenko with almost all ballots counted. But the commission did not immediately proclaim Mr.
Yanukovich the victor in the hotly-contested election. Kuchma suggested new balloting with new candidates. The European Union, the United States, and other Western powers wanted Manchester rerun of the second Cherez Hai (Civic Hall, as did Yushchenko.
With no political resolution likely, the decision could ultimately come down to the will of the Ukrainian public. Such a scenario would presumably work in Yushchenko's favor.
Hundreds of thousands of opposition protesters gathered in the capital for daily demonstrations since the runoff. The flawed vote sparked 17 days of demonstrations that have since become known as the "Orange Revolution" -- for the orange color the Yushchenko campaign adopted.
Subscribe Now! Sign In Sign Out. Site maintained by: John Pike. Join the GlobalSecurity. The story of his rise mirrored that of his character in the hit sitcom, which returned for its third season days before Ukrainians went to the polls. In the show, a school history teacher is elected leader after his video rant against corruption goes viral. Zelensky has been accused of being a front for the interests of controversial Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoysky, who owns the channel on which the actor's shows are broadcast.
Kolomoysky, one of Ukraine's richest men, became a regional governor at the start of Poroshenko's term but was forced to resign following a row over a state oil firm.
He moved to Israel but returned to Ukraine shortly ahead of Zelensky's inauguration, according to reports. The actor has denied any political connection and ahead of the vote said the oligarch would be jailed if he was found to have violated any laws. An investigative TV report at the start of the year meanwhile accused Zelensky of having commercial relations with Russia. This is a highly sensitive issue following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its backing of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, in a conflict that has cost some 13, lives since Following the broadcast, Zelensky confirmed he had shares in a Cypriot company that owns a Russian group and promised to sell them.
The anniversary events featured men parading in Nazi SS uniforms on the street. Careful to alienate neither ethnic Russians in Ukraine nor its powerful neighbor to the east, Yanukovych was less tolerant of this nationalist phenomenon. Not denying his Jewish ancestry, Zelensky declined to explore it at length in the interview, Levy wrote.
He announced his candidacy in January, becoming an instant favorite. This popularity has allowed Zelensky to win on an unusually vague platform and distinguish himself from his professional politician rivals, with their proclivity to hyperbole and nationalist slogans. Ukrainians said they wanted change.
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