Ukraine votes in tense runoff for presidency [Article]

From the Toronto Star:

Ukrainians were making the difficult choice Sunday between two presidential candidates deeply divided over the former Soviet republic’s five-year drive to build a Western-style society.

Many expected a close and disputed vote that could spawn street protests and a court battle.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who became an international figure during the 2004 pro-Western Orange Revolution, would almost certainly continue her country’s faltering efforts to join Europe. She also wants to help shape a Ukrainian national identity independent of Russian history, language and culture.

Some pro-Western Ukrainians fear opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych could bring a retreat from Western democratic reforms, and the muzzling of media and opposition parties.
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