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President Yanukovych's party claims victory in Ukraine election

  • Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has claimed victory in Ukraine’s parliamentary election.

    On Monday, the Party of Regions had more than 36 percent while the opposition party of Yulia Tymoshenko, who is in prison, had just over 21 percent, with a third of party list votes counted.

    Western governments have condemned the jailing of Tymoshenko.

    She leads a coalition of opposition groups, the United Opposition Fatherland bloc.

    She was handed a seven-year jail sentence last year for abuse of power. She voted from her prison cell.

    Opposition supporters say she was prosecuted and jailed in order to prevent her from running in the election.

    Party of Regions MP Borys Kolesnikov said his party was likely to win the single-seat constituencies.

    "There are 225 single-seat constituencies and we see our candidates winning two-thirds of them," he said.

    However, with Ukraine’s complicated electoral system, a final result is still not clear.