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POLITICS: Exit Polls Say Challenger Yushchenko Wins Ukraine Election

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posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 01:05 PM
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After a long and twisted story including poisoning, election fruad, riots, and rumors of Russian meddling the election in Ukraine appears to be resolved. According to exit polls, the liberal Yushchenko has won handily. The previous election, which was plagued by blantant fraud, had ended with the incumbent ahead despite exit polls to the contrary.
 



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KIEV, Ukraine (Reuters) - Liberal challenger Viktor Yushchenko won a re-run of Ukraine's rigged presidential election by a substantial margin according to an exit poll published just after voting closed Sunday

Yushchenko scored 56.5 percent in the exit poll to 41.3 percent for Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, whose victory last month was overturned by the Supreme Court. A second exit poll gave him a slightly wider margin of victory, 59.1 percent to 38.4 percent.

Yushchenko -- backed by hundreds of thousands of protesters who brought central Kiev to a halt for over two weeks -- claimed he was cheated of victory in the Nov. 21 election


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The margin seems overwhelming and it is hopeful that this time the results will stick. This election is likely to remain in the memory of democracies for a long time as an example of how a crooked election is to be overturned. The big question for me is this; given the tremendous tension and close race in American politics, should we be concerned about seeing more controversial repeats of this scenario in the future, perhaps in America?




posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 01:27 PM
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Originally posted by The Vagabond
The margin seems overwhelming and it is hopeful that this time the results will stick. This election is likely to remain in the memory of democracies for a long time as an example of how a crooked election is to be overturned. The big question for me is this; given the tremendous tension and close race in American politics, should we be concerned about seeing more controversial repeats of this scenario in the future, perhaps in America?


I can't answer your quetion but I have one of my own after reading the article.



Turnout, just short of 55 percent at 1300 GMT, was little changed from the two previous rounds.


A country on it's third round of voting in a race with this much controversy, world attention and implications for the future of this nation only garners a 55 percent turnout? I just don't get it.

What is wrong with this picture?



posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 02:18 PM
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Time Magazine reports that Putin is very keen on a Yanukovych victory:
There's also the risk a wayward Ukraine could damage relations between Moscow and the West. During the campaign, Russian President Vladimir Putin did not hide his sympathies: he visited Ukraine twice to broadcast his support for Yanukovych. Political consultants and media specialists close to the Kremlin played a major role in shaping both the strategy and the message of the Yanukovych campaign, and according to specialists like the Carnegie Endowment's Anders Aslund, Russia pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into his election bid. On Monday, Putin was the first world leader to congratulate the Prime Minister on his victory, a full two days before the Electoral Commission declared him President-elect. Sources well briefed on Kremlin affairs tell TIME that as protests in Kiev gathered momentum, Putin urged the much-discredited outgoing President Leonid Kuchma, eager to secure a safe retirement amid charges of corruption and political violence, to declare Yanukovych the winner. The sources say Putin made it clear that Moscow would not accept a Yushchenko victory.



posted on Dec, 26 2004 @ 04:48 PM
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I find it funny how Western media is so eager to report that their guy has won. Exit poles also said Gore had won in 2000.

The results will be taken to court again. This isn't even close to being over.



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