Victor Yanukovich says he won the presidential election fairly but is prepared to talk to the opposition so that its supporters don’t feel excluded from the electoral process. On television he said, “We must improve our lives and we will do it together and with me as President of Ukraine.” Under the Ukrainian constitution there is a thirty day period between the election result being confirmed and the new president being inaugurated.
The election commission which officially oversees the vote yesterday ruled the election was fair and that the prime minister had won with a more than two percent margin. The announcement triggered outrage and shouts of shame from opposition delegates at the Commission headquarters. Outgoing President Kuchma has said little throughout the crisis – keeping a low profile. He has urged both sides to talk to each other and find a way out of the crisis but last night he took a harder line accusing the opposition of trying to stir up trouble and challenging Ukraine’s integrity.