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Ukraine Holds Parliamentary Vote

  • VOA News

Polls in Ukraine are closing at this hour in the nation's first parliamentary election since the 2004 "Orange Revolution" that swept President Viktor Yushchenko to power.

Officials report that more than 50 percent of voters turned out at polling stations, where some voters complained of long candidate lists.

Politicians from 45 parties were competing, but no single party was expected to win enough seats to form a government.

After casting his ballot in Kiev, President Yushchenko vowed to open new talks Monday with his former allies in the orange coalition. The government split last year, when the president fired Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko, who is leading a separate bloc in the election.

Pre-election opinion polls indicated the party of pro-Moscow opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych could win the parliamentary vote with 30 percent of ballots.

After the vote, parliament will choose a prime minister for the first time since the approval of a series of constitutional changes.

President Yushchenko was swept to power following weeks of peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Kiev to protest Ukraine's flawed 2004 presidential election, initially won by Mr. Yanukovych.

The demonstrations became known as the "Orange Revolution" because activists used Mr. Yushchenko's campaign color - orange - as a symbol of their pro-democracy movement.

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