Ukraine Prez Orders Recount as Both Sides Claim Victory

Tymoshenko still seems on course to be PM
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 10:21 AM CDT
Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych shakes hands with his well-wishers during a rally supporters of Yanukovych's Party of Regions in Kiev, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007. The Party of Regions led by Prime...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ukraine's parliamentary elections have come down the wire, with Yulia Tymoshenko vowing to form an Orange coalition government and the pro-Russian party insisting that it has won the poll. President Victor Yushchenko, who took office after 2004's Orange Revolution, ordered a recount of votes in the county's south and east—strongholds of the Russian-backed Party of Regions.

Viktor Yanukovych's Party of Regions was the top vote-getter in Sunday's poll, but the two Orange parties together can form a coalition with Tymoshenko as PM. All eyes are on the fate of two small parties who might play kingmaker if they surpass the 3% threshold to enter Parliament. Last night at a Kiev rally, Yanukovych claimed he would form the next government.