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Wednesday, November 24, 2004


Ukraine on brink of 'civil war'

Both sides in Ukraine's disputed presidential election have warned of a civil war

Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko rejected the official results declaring Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych as president and declaring himself as the winner.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell said Washington "cannot accept" the election result as legitimate.

Summary of Situation:
Official result:
Yanukovych: 49.46%
Yushchenko: 46.61%
Observers report:
Abuse of state resources and "overt media bias" in favour of Mr Yanukovych
State workers pressured to give absentee voting certificate to their superiors
Intimidation reported at some polling stations
Suspiciously high turnout in two pro-government regions

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