Ukraine president dismisses vote delay suggestion over swine flu

Yushchenko on Sunday dismissed the idea a January election should be delayed because of swine flu outbreak.

Ukraine president dismisses vote delay suggestion over swine flu

Ukraine's leader Viktor Yushchenko on Sunday dismissed the idea a January election should be delayed because of swine flu outbreak.

An aide to Yushchenko wrote late on Friday the presidential election, which polls show Yushchenko looks very likely to lose, could be set back to May if a state of emergency is declared because of an outbreak of the H1N1 flu.

On Sunday when asked whether he should impose a state of emergency on Ukraine, delaying any poll, Yushchenko told news channel 5 Kanal in an interview:

"No -- there are no reasons for this."

Ihor Popov, a senior presidential official, accused Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's government of being taken unawares by the flu epidemic that has killed more than 100 people in the past three weeks and said a state of emergency could be declared.

Yushchenko and Tymoshenko have hurled bitter recriminations at each other over the past 18 months. Both will run in the first presidential election since the 2004 "Orange Revolution" swept the two former allies to power. With public support at 5 percent or lower, Yushchenko is unlikely to win re-election. Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovich -- a former prime minister who was also the Russian-backed loser in the Orange Revolution -- are both front-runners now.

Tymoshenko, former foreign minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and parliament speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, both candidates objected to Popov's idea. Only Yanukovich stayed silent on the issue.


Reuters

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