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Yushchenko raises the pressure in election stand off

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Yushchenko raises the pressure in election stand off


As his supporters continue to mass on Kiev’s streets, Viktor Yushchenko, who claims he was the rightful winner of Ukraine’s presidential poll, has given outgoing president Leonid Kouchma 24 hours to sack Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich before he launches criminal proceedings against him. The prime minister was officially declared winner of the November 21st presidential election, now widely denounced as subject to fraud.

Today the country’s top court sits to try to solve Ukraine’s elections crisis. Firebrand deputy Yulia Tymoshenko, a Yushchenko aide, urged supporters to mass outside the Supreme Court “to defend it from the pressure from the authorities”. The Supreme Court has to decide whether to validate the presidential poll. However legal experts say the case is so complex that the court is unlikely to be able to satisfy either side.

Meanwhile the supporters from both sides continue to make their presence felt on the capital’s streets in an increasingly bitter stand off that is threatening to break the country apart.
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