Ukraine opposition protests election fraud, threatens to boycott parliament
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||5 November 2012|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Ukraine opposition protests election fraud, threatens to boycott parliament, 5 November 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/509b8b1923.html [accessed 24 April 2014]|
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November 05, 2012
Ukraine's opposition parties are holding a rally in Kyiv to protest alleged rigging of the results from last month's parliamentary elections.
More than a thousand opposition supporters demonstrated on November 5 in front of the Central Election Commission headquarters.
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.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called the election a step backward in Ukraine's democracy.
Based on reporting by UNIAN, Interfax, AP, and Reuters