Friday, November 05, 2010
Westerners, local observers rip Oct. 31 elections as undemocratic
If the fix wasn’t in during Ukraine’s Oct. 31 local government elections, the contests sure didn’t pass the smell test to a host of reputable domestic and international observers.
As much as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych tried to put the elections behind him and say all was fine, an international consensus is taking shape that he failed his first big democratic test since taking power on Feb. 25.
The judgment could derail Yanukovych’s stated goal of integrating Ukraine into the European family of democratic nations.
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Source: Kyiv Post