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Ukraine PM and challenger face November run-off vote after close, clean election

[JURIST] The Ukrainian presidential election was carried out with minimal procedural violations, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin said Sunday. Exit polls showed that Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and liberal challenger Viktor Yushchenko were the top vote getters. Yushchenko reportedly earned more votes, but neither top candidate won the requisite 50%, and the two will face a run-off election in November. The US had earlier expressed concern about possible widespread interference and irregularities, but outside of voters entering information incorrectly, the election appeared to be largely problem-free, with a high turn-out. Reuters has more on the reported results, and Interfax has more on violations.

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