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Ukraine Parliament Fails to Vote on Election Reform - 2004-12-08


Ukraine's parliament has failed to break a deadlock over reforms that would clear the way for a court-ordered repeat of the country's presidential election.

The proposed reforms include changes to election laws to prevent fraud, and constitutional amendments that would take some powers from the president and give them to parliament.

Pro-government lawmakers Tuesday insisted on voting for the election laws only as part of a package that would also include the constitutional changes. Opposition lawmakers say they will only vote on the anti-fraud legislation. Debate continues Wednesday.

Ukraine's Supreme Court threw out the results of the November 21st presidential runoff, in which pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych had been declared the winner. Pro-western opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko challenged the results, charging massive fraud.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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