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December 11, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Presidential contender Viktor Yushchenko said Friday that he was increasingly certain he had been poisoned in an effort to assassinate him, and he temporarily left the campaign trail to spend the weekend at a private clinic in Vienna where he was to undergo further medical tests. Yushchenko, widely viewed as a pro-Western democratic reformer, will face Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in a Dec.
December 6, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko on Sunday pressed for the prime minister's removal from office, dismissal of electoral officials and new laws to guard against fraud in a repeat presidential vote, warning that his supporters' blockades of government offices would continue until outgoing President Leonid D. Kuchma meets those demands.
December 5, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko relaunched his presidential campaign with a massive but relatively somber rally Saturday evening after failing to win a deal in Ukraine's parliament to strengthen guarantees against fraud in the hard-won repeat runoff. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, meanwhile, announced through an aide that he would stand in the rematch with Yushchenko despite believing that the Supreme Court erred in ruling his disputed Nov. 21 runoff victory invalid a day earlier.
November 25, 2004 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko called Wednesday for a nationwide strike to close down schools, factories and transportation after authorities declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner of Ukraine's bitterly contested presidential election. U.S. officials, citing allegations of fraud, swiftly rejected the legitimacy of the result, called for a review of the vote and warned of possible penalties.
An alliance of Communists and parties controlled by oligarchs ousted Ukraine's reformist prime minister Thursday, jeopardizing efforts to distance the country from its powerful and jealous neighbor, Russia, and draw it closer to the West. Parliament cast an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Viktor Yushchenko, a 47-year-old banker who during 16 months in office helped reverse the economy's decline and post the first growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
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