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Threat to boycott parliament in Ukraine

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Threat to boycott parliament in Ukraine


Opposition leaders in Ukraine are urging their supporters to stay on the streets and protest, claiming the recent election was rigged by the governing party. Hundreds gathered outside the electoral commission building in Kiev as talks went on inside.

There was a heavy police presence. The Commission says it will hold re-runs in five of the disputed districts. But this needs parliamentary approval and may not defuse the situation.

Boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, who heads the UDAR opposition party has called for a re-run in the 13 contested constituencies. Otherwise, he says, they will refuse to recognise the election and boycott parliament.

Unlikely, according to the governing Party of Regions, as many candidates will be unwilling to finance another campaign. The Fatherland party of jailed former Prime Minister Yiulia Tymoshenko has led the calls for a re-run.

Our correspondent says the election standoff with the government is a real test for Ukraine’s opposition and could show just how united it really is.

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