Ukraine candidate warns of post-election street protests

Last Updated: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 23:01

Kiev: Presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko
ramped up tensions in Ukraine`s cutthroat election campaign
today, warning of mass street protests if her rival rigged
this weekend`s polls.

The comments by Tymoshenko, currently prime minister,
raised the spectre of a repeat of the 2004 Orange Revolution
demonstrations and injected new venom into her battle with
opposition politician Viktor Yanukovich.

Both candidates have accused each other of plotting to
steal the election in a bid to snatch the presidency of
Ukraine, a strategic country of 46 million people that gained
independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

"If we are unable to guarantee the honest expression of
the people`s will and honest results, we will mobilise the
people," Tymoshenko told reporters at a press conference in
Kiev.

"If he wants falsifications, we are ready to give him
such resistance that he has never seen before, not even in
2004," she added, referring to the Orange Revolution protests
that thwarted Yanukovich`s last presidential bid.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010 - 23:01

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