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Ukraine's Political Crisis Shifts to Parliament After Failed Talks - 2004-12-07


The struggle for power in Ukraine has shifted to the country's parliament with lawmakers hoping to strike a deal to secure a fair and free rerun of the presidential vote.

Today (Tuesday), deputies are picking up where European mediators left off after six hours of talks failed to break the deadlock between the government and the opposition over legislative changes before the vote.

Outgoing President Leonid Kuchma told reporters after the talks the parties had failed to agree on constitutional changes to weaken the power of the president.

He also said there was no deal on the opposition's demand to to dismiss the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

Mediators had won Mr. Kuchma's agreement to opposition demands to sack the central election commission and to support new anti-fraud election legislation.

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

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