A revote in Ukraine's bitterly disputed presidential race might not be held as scheduled Dec. 26 because time is running out for printing enough ballots, opposition leaders said...
KIEV, Ukraine A revote in Ukraine’s bitterly disputed presidential race might not be held as scheduled Dec. 26 because time is running out for printing enough ballots, opposition leaders said yesterday.
Under legislation governing the rematch between Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko ordered by the Supreme Court because of fraud by Yanukovych supporters in the first run-off all ballots were to be printed by Ukraine’s national mint. But after election officials announced that the mint could not finish the job on schedule, parliament passed a law Tuesday authorizing a second plant to print ballots.
President Leonid Kuchma has refused to sign the bill until pro-Yushchenko protesters lift a blockade around his office.
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The protesters are organized primarily by the student-activist group Pora.
In parliament yesterday, Mykola Tomenko, a leading member of Yushchenko’s party, said the opposition may strike back at Kuchma by trying to oust him from the presidency before the revote, on the grounds that his five-year term expired early this month.
In London yesterday, a scientist who analyzed Yushchenko’s blood said the opposition leader was poisoned with TCDD, the most harmful known dioxin and one contained in Agent Orange.