Exit polls do not much the reported election totals in Ukraine, and there are allegations of fraud
, including complaints from international observers:The central electoral commission said with more than 99% of the vote counted, Mr Yanukovych had 49.4% while Mr Yushchenko had 46.7%.
But the opposition says it has recorded many thousands of irregularities - including very high turnouts in government strongholds.
Mr Yanukovych was backed by incumbent President Leonid Kuchma.
Exit polls earlier suggested that Mr Yushchenko had been on course for victory with a lead of at least six percentage points.
"The second round did not meet a considerable number of [international] commitments for democratic elections," said Bruce George, head of the OSCE mission in Kiev.
The OSCE also reported serious irregularities in the first round.People are pissed
: Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine's Viktor Yushchenko declared himself president in parliament, as more than 1 million supporters in Kiev threatened to storm government buildings unless lawmakers annul results that show he lost the election to the prime minister.
The oath was not legal because there were not enough lawmakers present at a session called to debate canceling official results that led to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's victory in Sunday's vote, said a Yushchenko spokesman. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other monitoring groups said the ballot counting was flawed as Kiev was overrun by protesters in a sea of orange banners shouting Yushchenko's name.
The Republican response is typical
: Republicans calling for activists to overwhelm the vote count and overturn the results? At a press conference the morning after the election, US Senator Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair, with long-standing ties to the CIA, and Bush's official envoy for the Ukrainian elections, called on Ukrainians to take action against their government regarding the election results.
Why? It's the Cold War, stupid:
The outcome of this election will have a direct impact on the global balance of power between the United States, the European Union, and the Russian Federation for many years to come.
After a decade of "shock therapy" at the hands of US and European advisers designed to cripple the economies of the former Soviet republics, the ascendance of Vladimir Putin as Russia's president has caused a sea-change turn around, with the reestablishment of governmental authority over the oligarchs and their mafia, economic growth after the most catastrophic depression in the world, and the reemergence of Russia as a strategic power. Those former Soviet republics with heads of state that came from the old political-industrial mangerial class, such as Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and most of Central Asia, are gravitating back toward a reviving Russia after following devasting International Monetary Fund dictates while stranded on their own during the Yeltsin era.
Following the successful coup in Georgia in 2003 orchestrated by the US via George Soros's "Open Society Institute," every one of the ex-Soviet leaders who had been working with the Western powers realized that they could be next, and hence rapidly turned back toward rebuilding ties with Russia to protect themselves and their countries from Western takeover.
If there was any doubt at how Republicans would have at least tried to act had Kerry been declared the winner on November 3rd, this should erase them.