Ukraine publishes official election results

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KIEV, Oct 27 (Reuters) Ukraine's Central Election Commission published the official results of the September 30 election on Saturday, paving the way for parliament's first session and the formation of a government.

The announcement was held up by a case at the supreme administrative court, which yesterday rejected charges by some parties that the commission had made procedural mistakes during the counting of the votes.

Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich's Regions party received 34.37 per cent of the vote, ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's bloc received 30.71 per cent and the pro-presidential Our Ukraine party together with the Self-Defence party, 14.15 per cent.

The Communists received 5.39 per cent and the party of centrist politician Volodymyr Lytvyn 3.96 per cent, the only other parties to gain enough votes to enter parliament.

Tymoshenko, the fiery ally of President Viktor Yushchenko during the 2004 Orange Revolution, is poised to form a government after the votes their parties scored translated into a slim majority in parliament over Yanukovich and his Communist allies.

Under the constitution, the first session of the new parliament has to sit within 30 days of the publication of the results and a government must be formed within 30 days of the chamber's first sitting.

REUTERS SZ PM0126

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