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Ukraine still awaits presidential poll verdict

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Ukraine still awaits presidential poll verdict


Ukraine is still in the dark over who will be its next president as the stand off between the two rival candidates continues to drag on.

Despite Ukraine’s Central Election Commission giving Viktor Yanukovich a small but unassailable lead of around three percent since polls closed on Sunday, rival Yulia Tymoshenko has refused to concede defeat until legal challenges have run their course.

Not everyone agrees with that. One man in Kiev said: ‘‘The sooner she accepts the results of the election and the victory of Viktor Yanukovich, the sooner we’ll be able to revive, through concerted efforts, Ukraine as a great nation.’‘

But another women said,’‘ I think she should fight on, otherwise Ukraine will be in trouble. I am so upset, because everything we achieved in the past will be ruined. I am so scared.’‘

However, there are other fears. Notably, that any further delay could deny Ukraine a swift return to stability and rattle financial markets.

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