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Parliament Speaker, EU Call For New Ukraine Presidential Election


Ukraine's parliament speaker and the European Union say fresh elections are needed to end the dispute over the former Soviet republic's presidential runoff.

The speaker, Volodymyr Lytvyn, made the suggestion Saturday, during an emergency session to debate the disputed election.

Meanwhile, the Dutch foreign minister, speaking on behalf of the EU presidency, also called for fresh elections in light of numerous allegations of fraud.

Also due to meet Saturday, is a multilateral committee tasked with resolving the political stalemate. It comprises representatives of both candidates: opposition challenger Viktor Yushchenko, and Moscow-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr. Yushchenko late Friday called for fresh elections to be held on December 12. Disputed official results indicate the pro-Western politician narrowly lost the runoff.

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