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article imageEx-PM Yulia Tymoshenko: I call hunger strike

By Can Tran     Oct 29, 2012 in World
In response to the majority victory of the ruling government in Ukraine's elections, with many calling it "rigged," former PM Yulia Tymoshenko has announced a hunger strike.
Recently, the country of Ukraine has recently had its elections which ended up in the majority victory by the Regions Party. However, the elections have been marred by controversy. According to Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers, Ukraine's election system was considered a setback. According to one OSCE observer, democracy in Ukraine has been undone due to factors of power abuse and the amount of money that has been poured into the elections. The observer also noted about ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who was sentenced back in October for abusing power. Tymoshenko is currently serving out a seven-year prison sentence. The charges of abuse stem from a 2009 gas deal with Russia. Asides from the prison sentence, Tymoshenko also faces charges of tax evasion and fraud.
Tymoshenko's daughter, Yevgenia, gave a warning that the results of the elections could put Ukraine into a dictatorship that cannot be undone. This warning aligns with concerns that the OSCE have with the way the elections have gone. Furthermore, Ukraine is set to take the chairmanship seat of the OSCE come 2013.
According to an article on Forbes, Victor Yanukovych, whose party has won the most parliamentary seats, will be watched carefully on an international. His only powerful opponent is Tymoshenko who is currently imprisoned. Despite criticisms of abuse in the elections, the article states that much probably will not be done about the allegedly rigged elections. The Forbes article, near the end, says that the rest of the world has plenty of problems on its plate. For the most part, that does ring true. For example, the United States is dealing with Hurricane Sandy.
An article in the Guardian says that what is going on between United States President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney does not really compare to the elections in Ukraine. It explains that this type of atmosphere is somewhat a remnant of the Soviet era.
Even after Yanukovych's party has claimed victory, Tymoshenko refuses to be silent about it. In response to the election results, Tymoshenko announced that she was going on a “hunger strike.” Her reason for the hunger strike is to protest the “false elections.”
Recently, Tymoshenko is being compared as Ukraine's version of Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi was a political prisoner for many years under Myanmar's junta government. Currently, this is an online petition made calling for the release of Tymoshenko.
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