Ukrainian opposition leader asserts victory in disputed election

[JURIST] Following up on an international story reported earlier on JURIST's Paper Chase, Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko appeared before opposition members of parliament Tuesday and declared himself president in the wake of a disputed election. Yuschenko read the oath of office before a 200,000-strong crowd of supporters gathered outside parliament. Official results of the election indicated a narrow victory for Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, but exit polls showed a much wider margin in favor of Yushchenko. Yushchenko declared a campaign of civil disobedience, while international response was mixed with some observers citing fraud and Russia recognizing a Yanukovych victory. AP has more.

 

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