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KIEV - Ukraine's Communist Party won more than one-quarter (26 percent) of
the votes in the former Soviet republic's general election yesterday, an
exit poll found. Three remaining left-wing parties had 12 percent of the
vote.

A large chunk of the 37 million voters, fed up with economic hardship, had
been widely expected to vote for the left in a show of no-confidence in
President Leonid Kuchma's policies. Iko Kucheriv, head of the Democratic
Initiative Group, a thinktank, told Channel 1+1 early today that the
Communists were leading in several central and southern regions in the exit
polls carried out among 10,000 voters across Ukraine.

The polls also said the main nationalist Rukh Party had 11 percent of the
vote, the Green Party 6 percent, and 5 percent each for the pro-government
People's Democratic Party and the centrist Social Democratic Party."

This was taken from the Montreal Gazette (March 30, 1998).

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