Ukraine's Prime Minister Tymoshenko Won't Concede Election

A Country Divided

Yanukovich's anti-Orange campaign pinned the country's woes on Yushchenko and Tymoshenko, blasting the last five years as a failed experiment. He is expected to put the country back into Russia's orbit, though both candidates have argued for stronger relations with their neighbor to the east than Yushchenko would ever allow.

The electoral map and results show a country deeply polarized: Tymoshenko's Orange supporters in central Ukraine and to the west, with Yanukovich's strongholds in the south and east. Despite a seemingly unenthusiastic electorate, turnout was almost 70 percent.

"There will be no third round," said Mykola Azarov,a senior official in Yanukovich's Party of Regions. "[The Tymoshenko supporters] are dragging us into an unnecessary war."

If Tymoshenko does go ahead with legal action, all but the most ardent loyalists will be against her. Members of her own party are reportedly urging her to accept defeat, lest Yanukovich create a large enough parliamentary coalition to force her out of office.

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