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Viktor Yanukovych Defeats Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine’s Presidential Election

9. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Viktor Yanukovych defeated Ukraine’s Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, in the country’s presidential election on Tuesday, but despite international pressure Tymoshenko has refused to concede. 


With 99% of the votes counted, Yanukovych has a lead of 3%. However, Tymoshenko claims the election was tainted by widespread voter fraud and vows to challenge the results in court.


"Voting day displayed a cynical violation of Ukrainian law by the teams of Yanukovych, pressure on the electors, and a broad arsenal of falsification by the Regions Party," Tymoshenko bloc Deputy Serhiy Sobolev told parliament.


International monitors disagree with Tymoshenko’s stance, stating that the election was “an impressive display of democratic elections.”


“For everyone in Ukraine, this election was a victory. It is now time for the country's political leaders to listen to the people's verdict and make sure that the transition of power is peaceful and constructive," said João Soares, President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly.


International monitors took an opposite stance in Ukraine’s 2004 election, a move that helped clear the way for the mass protests known as the Orange Revolution. The revolution put Tymoshenko and current president, Victor Yushchenko, in power.


Ukraine’s electoral commission is expected to announce the official outcome of the vote by February 17th. Thanks to Yanukovych’s significant lead and the praise of international monitors, officials do not expect another revolution.