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Final Results of Ukraine's Elections Show Pro-Russian Party in Lead


Final results from Sunday's Ukrainian parliamentary elections show the pro-Russian party of former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych won the most votes followed by two reformist groups.

The central election committee announced the results Thursday showing Mr. Yanukovych's Party of Regions with more than 32 percent of the vote.

The liberal bloc of former Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko won more than 22 percent, while supporters of President Viktor Yushchenko came in third with just under 14 percent.

Only two other parties, the Socialists and Communists, managed to clear the three percent barrier to gain parliamentary representation.

Wednesday, Ms. Timoshenko urged Yushchenko allies to band together to keep the opposition from returning to power. The former prime minister, one of the leaders of the 2004 Orange Revolution that brought Mr. Yushchenko to power, called Sunday's vote Ukraine's first honest election in 15 years of independence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.
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