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06KIEV1243, UKRAINE: ELECTION RESULTS OVER 97 PERCENT; PARTIES

March 29, 2006

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06KIEV1243 2006-03-29 15:45 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KIEV 001243 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/29/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PINR KDEM PHUM RU
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: ELECTION RESULTS OVER 97 PERCENT; PARTIES 
UNDER THRESHOLD CALL FOR RECOUNT 

Classified By: POL Counselor Aubrey Carlson for reasons 1.4(a,b,d). 

1. (C) Summary:  With over 97 percent of the national 
parliamentary vote tallied by 6 pm March 29, opposition Party 
of Regions continued to lead with 31.8 percent of the vote, 
followed by Yuliya Tymoshenko's Bloc (BYuT) at 22.4 percent, 
and President Yushchenko's Our Ukraine at 14.1 percent.  Five 
parties not reaching the three-percent threshold called for a 
nationwide recount.  Coalition talks among major parties 
continued, and many of the Our Ukraine election bloc member 
parties called for an Orange coalition, or at least a 
democratic one founded on common goals.  Presidential chief 
of staff Rybachuk told us March 28 that incumbent Kiev mayor 
Omelchenko had contacted Our Ukraine to plead for support in 
fixing the Kiev mayoral election after it became apparent he 
was losing his reelection bid.  End summary. 

Official Results - nearly 98 percent now in 
------------------------------------------- 

2. (U) CEC official results continued to come slowly 
throughout the day March 29.  With 97.86 percent of precincts 
reporting as of 1820, the official vote tally stood at: 

Regions           31.86 percent 
Tymoshenko        22.34 
Our Ukraine       14.10 
Socialists         5.75 
Communists         3.65 
----------3% threshold-------- 
Vitrenko           2.86 
Lytvyn             2.44 
Kostenko-Plyushch  1.90 
Viche              1.71 
PORA-PRP           1.47 

Coalition Talks 
--------------- 

3. (U) As party heads carried on coalition talks, leaders of 
the member parties of the Our Ukraine electoral bloc were 
voicing their support for a democratic coalition, with some 
specifying Orange parties and others more ambiguous in their 
statements.  The Our Ukraine political council released a 
press statement March 28 backing the creation of a democratic 
coalition.  Prime Mininster Yekhanurov summarized the 
council's meeting, noting that the coalition had to be given 
a framework in a memorandum.  The council was scheduled to 
meet again March 29 to work out additional details, 
anticipating that a coalition could be announced on the day 
when the CEC announces final results. 

4. (U) Party of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (PIE) leader 
(and National Security and Defense Council Secretary) 
Anatoliy Kinakh said his party supported a democratic 
coalition that would support President Yushchenko's program. 
Head of the Christian Democratic Union Volodymyr Stretovych 
specifically noted that the democratic coalition should 
include Our Ukraine, BYuT, and the Socialist Party, and 
further called for the abolition of Rada deputy immunity. 
Foreign Minister Borys Tarasyuk, leader of Rukh, the People's 
Movement of Ukraine, and Oleksiy Ivchenko, head of the 
Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists, also endorsed the 
formation of a trilateral Maidan coalition.  Tarasyuk did not 
rule out other parties joining, but specified that Regions 
could only join if it gave up on federalism and state 
language status for Russian and endorsed European 
integration. 

5. (U) The Socialist Party made public March 29 a memorandum 
setting down principles for a coalition between OU, BYuT and 
themselves.  The memorandum, which foresaw signing a 
coalition agreement on the day the Rada opened its first 
session, set down principles of Ukraine's strategic course to 
Europe and stable relations with Russia and other neighbors. 
The participants in the coalition would promise to coordinate 
their programs with the President and prepare a domestic and 
foreign policy document for Rada approval.  In addition, the 
coalition would have to prepare an action plan within 30 days 
and submit it to parliament.  The participants would be 
obliged not to engage in separate talks with any other party 
or bloc, and decisions would be based on consensus of the 
coalition.  Deputy Socialist Party leader Yosyp Vinskyy 
publicly ruled out a Socialist Party coalition with Regions. 

Losers demand recounts 
---------------------- 

6. (U) Inna Bohoslovska (Viche), Lyudmila Suprun (People's 
Democratic Party), Vladyslav Kaskiv (Pora), and Ihor Yeremeev 
(Lytvyn-led People's bloc), all representing parties failing 
to meet the three percent threshold for Rada representation, 
held a joint press conference at 2 pm, demanding a nationwide 
recount of votes in the Rada elections.  At a separate press 
conference on 28 March, People's Opposition bloc leader 
Vitrenko claimed mass falsification in the vote count and 
warned of an international conspiracy.  The Crimean branch of 
People's Union Our Ukraine, meanwhile, called for 
invalidation of the elections to the Crimean parliament, 
claiming that its observers had documented that at 14 polling 
stations in Crimea voters had not been given ballots for the 
Crimean parlimentary election. 

Kiev Elections: incumbent getting the boot 
------------------------------------------ 

7. (C) Official results of the Kiev mayoral election, with 
83.98 percent of the vote counted by 1400 March 29, continued &#x
000A;to show Our Ukraine MP Chernovetskyy in the lead with 31.8 
percent of the vote, followed by ex-World Boxing Champion and 
Pora-PRP candidate Klychko with 23.82 percent, and incumbent 
mayor Omelchenko with 21.17 percent.  (Note:  Reftel's 
previously reported vote counts by Pora's website appear to 
have been parallel vote counts based on precinct reports.) 
In a March 28 meeting, presidential chief of staff Rybachuk 
told us that Kiev Mayor Omelchenko had contacted Our Ukraine 
after it became clear that he was losing his re-election 
race.  Rybachuk said that Omelchenko wanted to cook the 
results and was looking to Our Ukraine for support.  Rybachuk 
implied that Our Ukraine had not responded to, and thus had 
rejected, Omelchenko's plea.  Kiev campaign chair for 
Pora-PRP candidate Klychko, Volodymyr Bondarenko, told DELO 
newspaper March 28 that Mayor Omelchenko was removing 
documents from his office. 

8. (U) In the Kiev City Rada election, BYuT was strongly in 
the lead at 1500 March 29, with 80.27 percent of the vote 
counted: 

BYuT                  24.67 percent 
Chernovetskyy         12.85 
OU                     8.88 
PORA-PRP               8.54 
Regions                5.57 
Kiev People's Aktyv    4.06 
Socialists             3.98 
Lytvyn Bloc            3.64 

9. (U) Visit Embassy Kiev's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kiev. 
Herbst

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