In Ukraine this evening the last rallies took place ahead of Sunday’s hotly contested re-run of the Presidential election.
Both candidates have the same message. They will win, and they warn their opponent not to cheat. The Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich told a crowd of 5000 in Kiev they would be running the land again very soon and accused foreigners especially Washington of meddling in the campaign. He won last month’s presidential election before the Supreme Court called for a new vote claiming the ballot had been rigged in his favour. Hundreds of opposition supporters from the so called “Orange revolution” have been camped out in the capital ever since the election despite the sub-zero temperatures. They say they wont go away, and warn they will not allow fraud to go unchecked a second time. Their candidate Viktor Yushchenko, his face still heavily scarred apparently after being poisoned with Dioxin possibly by the Secret Service, has also vowed he will win the election this time so long as it is fair. Opinion polls suggest he may be right but the country is deeply divided. Yushchenko with a more western outlook is likely to carry the West of the country while the Russian speaking East supports the Prime Minister. The international community is keeping a close eye on the results. Some 12,000 election monitors are in the country to ensure there is no widescale cheating.