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Under protest, they will take their 40 percent of seats in the 450-member parliament. Opposition leaders now say they will mount a campaign to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych, but analysts called such a prospect unlikely.

Speaking before a thin crowd of a few hundred supporters in front of the Central Election Commission in Kyiv on Nov. 12, the leaders of United Opposition-Batkivschyna, Svoboda and Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform parties said they don’t recognize the elections as fair or valid.

Their shifting strategy is a far cry from the initial firebrand proclamations, voiced with much bravado days after the election. First the opposition called for the election to be cancelled because, they say, it was rigged. Then they vowed not to take their seats in parliament in protest. 

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