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Final Election Results in Ukraine as Parties Hold Coalition Talks


Ukraine's election commission has released the final results of last month's parliamentary vote as the three top parties struggle to form a new coalition government.

The pro-Russian opposition Party of Regions - led by former presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych - won 32 percent of the vote, followed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's liberal bloc with 22 percent.

President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine party won 14 percent. The Socialist and Communist parties also won enough votes to take seats in parliament.

No party won enough votes to form a government on its own.

Reports from Kiev say the three top parties discussed a draft coalition agreement Monday and will meet again later in the week.

President Yushchenko and Ms. Tymoshenko are former partners in the 2004 Orange Revolution that brought him to power.

Lawmakers have one month to convene the new parliament, then 30 days to form a government.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.
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