Ukraine's Liberal opposition challenger Viktor Yushchenko has said he does not recognize the election of Ukraine's prime minister as president and has called for a country-wide "political strike."
The country's election commission has declared PM Viktor Yanukovych the winner of a hotly contested presidential runoff, but U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell quickly dismissed the contest as marred by fraud.
Speaking in Washington, Powell urged Ukraine's leaders to "respond immediately" warning "there will be consequences" for the United States' relationship with Ukraine. (Full Story)
"This decision puts Ukraine on the verge of civil conflict," Yushchenko told tens of thousands of supporters massed in Kiev's main square for the third straight day, calling for a transport stoppage and other strike action.
Olexander Moroz, Socialist Party leader, said the opposition wanted to halt transport and close factories and schools but said the crisis could be resolved by holding new elections.
Yanukovych meanwhile described himself as the head of state on Wednesday and proposed immediate talks with liberal challenger Yushchenko.
"We must improve our lives and we will do it together -- all of our citizens and myself as president of Ukraine...," Yanukovych said in a brief appearance on state television monitored by Reuters.
"Tomorrow, we start talks with Yushchenko's team. We will look for common ground. I am ready to listen to the opposition proposals."
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I'm surprised there hasn't been any violence on the streets. Police shooting crowds, crowds throwing rocks--snowballs.
Edited by Blue-Scorpion, 25 November 2004 - 01:54 AM.