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Despite a strong showing by three opposition parties, President Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions secured a slim majority after October’s election.

The observers had a lot of complaints about the balloting: the imprisonment of the country’s top opposition leader, former premier Yulia Tymoshenko; the ruling party’s unfair access to state resources and the media; and the way the votes were counted.

The tallying, which lasted more than a week, involved brawls at many polling stations, the use of tear gas in one election district and the storming of an election commission by riot police. Five out of 450 parliament seats remain empty after allegations of fraud and ballot-stuffing led election officials to schedule new votes in five dispute election districts.

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