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Ukrainian press says presidential election fair

Ukrainian president-elect Viktor Yanukovych
Viktor Yanukovych scored a narrow victory over rival Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukrainian press commentators have endorsed Viktor Yanukovych's slender victory over Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Sunday's presidential elections.

Even a newspaper supportive of outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko - who defeated Mr Yanukovych in the disputed 2004 election - said the result had to be respected.

In Russia, one commentator called for a new relationship between the two neighbours, while another warned that Ukraine still remained deeply split.

Business daily DELO

The vote count by the Central Electoral Commission has left no doubt about Viktor Yanukovych's victory in the presidential race, even for his opponents. For the victor the outcome only means a start of a new power struggle. The primary task for Viktor Yanukovych is to secure a new parliamentary coalition and the present government's dismissal.

Kiev tabloid GAZETA PO-KIYEVSKI

Even Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc members do not believe that victory can be snatched from Yanukovych by mounting court challenges... Foreign observers have spotted no serious violations... Viktor Yanukovych's supporters have every reason to celebrate. But their joy will not last long. If the state of the Ukrainian economy is even half as bad as Tymoshenko's opponents have said, then it would be fair to say that the Party of Regions' victory has landed them in serious trouble.

Pro-Yanukovych tabloid SEGODNYA

Tymoshenko has suffered a crushing political and moral defeat. The main reason is the burden of unfulfilled election promises dating back to the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2007 early parliamentary election, after which "Lady Yu" became prime minister... The people no longer trusted her and whatever she said or promised... It would be good if her defeat became a lesson for other Ukrainian politicians.

Pro-Yushchenko daily UKRAYINA MOLODA

The 2004 vote-rigger appears to have got his revenge in 2010... It may be unpleasant or even disgusting, but the fact remains: Ukraine elected its new leader in a democratic vote, and its outcome is the choice of the people - not all of the people, but of a fraction more than the other half. The winner will have to deal with this.

Russian press

Liberal daily KOMMERSANT

Who will be paying for the new friendship between Russia and Ukraine and what will the conditions of this friendship be, given that the Ukraine of today is not the Ukraine of 2004? Russia has to formulate a new Ukrainian policy which will not be based on the outdated model of "post-Soviet friendships", but on Russia's national interests and on respect for the national interests of its neighbours.

Centrist daily NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

Experts note that the permanent war of attrition between the two political leaders, against the background of the country's worsening economic problems, will lead to a new revolution in a couple of years' time: this won't be a peaceful protest like the one in 2004, but a serious revolt by angry people... who will be willing to give power to a real dictator."

Pro-Kremlin daily IZVESTIYA

The results of the vote have demonstrated once again that Ukraine remains split along the lines of world view, civilisation and ideology. Even though politicians keep talking about a single people and a single country, the election has shown that there are, in effect, two different countries.



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