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The election has been tainted by the jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on abuse-of-office charges the West condemned as politically motivated.

Council of Europe Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland told reporters Monday that the imprisonment of Tymoshenko, the country’s top opposition leader, was a “problem.” He says it is very important for the vote to be honest.

President Viktor Yanukovych will struggle to retain his majority in parliament following the opposition’s consolidation after Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison.

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