posted on Nov, 23 2004 @ 10:43 AM
The leader of the opposition in the Ukraines recent presidential election declared himself the winner and took the oath of office despite his
official loss at the polls. Viktor Yushchenko further announced that the country is on the verge of civil conflict. Some 200000 people gathered in
the capital to protest the election that has been tainted by fraud allegations. The exit polls suggested a different outcome for the west leaning
Yushchenko, and his supporters are crying foul.
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory in Ukraine's presidential election and took a symbolic oath of office
Tuesday, warning that the country was on the verge of civil conflict. About 200,000 supporters gathered in the capital to protest alleged election
Yushchenko accused authorities of rigging Sunday's vote in favour of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and announced a campaign of civil disobedience.
"Ukraine is on the threshold of a civil conflict," Yushchenko told lawmakers gathered for an emergency session of parliament to consider an opposition
request to annul the election results. "We have two choices: either the answer will be given by the parliament, or the streets will give an answer."
The parliamentary session ended without a decision being made, since only 191 lawmakers - less than the 226 required to have a quorum - attended.
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Several groups have pointed to widespread fraud and politicians all over the world are asking questions. It seems that there is a distinct
possibility of civil unrest as both side seem to have close to 50% of the electorate. Déjà vu anybody?