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Yushchenko Says Opponent Planning Election Disruptions


Ukrainian opposition leader says his rival in the country's upcoming presidential election is planning to disrupt the vote.

Viktor Yushchenko told a news conference in Kiev Thursday that provocations are being planned for the December 26 balloting.

Wednesday, his rival, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, said massive protests are planned if Mr. Yushchenko wins the poll.

The prime minister was declared the winner of a flawed election in November, but the Supreme Court overturned the results and ordered this month's re-run.

The election has been hotly contested. Mr. Yushchenko told the Associated Press he was poisoned during a dinner in September with top Ukrainian security officials. He said the meeting was the only time he was without his staff and no precautions were taken with regards to his food.

The doctors who treated him in Austria said he suffered dioxin poisoning.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.