Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The Ukranian Election

For those of you who have not been following Ukrainian Presidential election, a serious and interesting problem has occured. The Moscow backed candidate claimed victory against the very western leaning challenger after the votes were cast, however it appears there was massive fraud. This has sparked huge protests, by supporters of Viktor Yushchenko, the west leaning candidate. So obvious was the fraud, that the White House released this statement:

The United States is deeply disturbed by extensive and credible indications of fraud committed in the Ukrainian presidential election. We strongly support efforts to review the conduct of the election and urge Ukrainian authorities not to certify results until investigations of organized fraud are resolved. We call on the Government of Ukraine to respect the will of the Ukrainian people, and we urge all Ukrainians to resolve the situation through peaceful means. The Government bears a special responsibility not to use or incite violence, and to allow free media to report accurately on the situation without intimidation or coercion. The United States stands with the Ukrainian people in this difficult time.

Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic made this statement via RFE:

"Taipei, November 23, 2004

Dear Citizens,

Allow me to greet you in these dramatic days when the destiny of your country is being decided for decades ahead. You have its future in your hands. All trustworthy organizations, both local and international, agree that your demands are just. That is why I wish you strength, perseverance, courage and good fortune with your decisions.

Yours truly,

Vaclav Havel"

Putin and Schroeder are urging a "legal solution". Here's an idea for a legal soultion: Hold a legitimate elections and count the legally cast ballots. Seems easy, but Putin probably has a hand in the corruption.

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