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Campaign draws to close in Ukraine´s election re-run

Campaign draws to close in Ukraine´s election re-run
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The Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko says he is convinced he will win the re-run of the presidential election this Sunday. In his last public appearance before the vote he said he should have won the first time if the election had been held fairly. He insists if the vote is not rigged this time he will win it. The Russian-backed candidate Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich was declared the winner of the run-off second round of the election.

Hundreds of thousands of opposition supporters crammed into the centre of the capital Kiev soon afterwards vowing not to accept the result. Several days later the Supreme Court ruled there had been extensive cheating and ordered fresh elections.

However Viktor Yanukovich who favours stronger ties with Russia and has most of his support in the east of the country says he is still the favourite to win. He claims the Supreme Court stole his victory. The great concern is what will happen after the votes are counted and whether supporters of both candidates will accept the result even if it goes against them this time. More than 12,000 international observers are in Ukraine to monitor the vote.

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