It’s 2012, Not 2004

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Nov. 15, 2012, 9:40 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Svitlana Tuchynska

Demonstrators take part in a rally outside the Central Election Commision in Kyiv on Nov. 12. Opposition leaders failed in their bid to turn out large crowds to protest alleged falsification by the pro-presidential Party of Regions of the Oct. 28 parliamentary election. In the end, it appears that all but five of the 450 members of parliament will be seated for the first session of the new parliament on Dec. 16. Five re-run elections will be held in districts where the CEC said it could not determine the winner. Those elections will take place sometime early next year.

Svitlana Tuchynska

Ukraine’s political opposition failed to galvanize enough public support to pressure authorities to rectify alleged falsification of the Oct. 28 parliamentary election. After assessing the prospects, the opposition has switched tactics.

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