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Ukraine's Supreme Court, Parliament Working on Disputed Election - 2004-11-30


Ukraine's Supreme Court and parliament have met separately Tuesday to work on a solution to a national crisis set off by a disputed presidential run-off election held November 21st.

The court began its session on Monday to consider allegations of widespread voter fraud raised by Viktor Yushchenko -- the West-leaning opposition presidential candidate. He has called for a new election. There is no indication when the court might make a ruling.

Pro-Moscow Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych now says he would agree to a new election, but only if neither he nor Mr. Yushchenko are candidates.

Ukraine's parliament has adjourned for the day, without a vote on a no-confidence motion against the prime minister's government. Debate is expected to continue tomorrow. Lawmakers also were discussing calls for autonomy in Mr. Yanukovych's native eastern region.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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