Kievans Go to Polls to Choose Mayor

KIEV — Kiev residents voted Sunday in a mayoral election whose 70 candidates included a former boxing champion and two officials who scuffled scandalously after an argument earlier this year.

Lurking between the lines on Kiev's meter-long ballot was the simmering confrontation between President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

The most prominent candidates were, in order of their chances according to recent polls: incumbent Leonid Chernovetsky; former World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitaly Klitschko; Tymoshenko ally Oleksandr Turchynov; and the candidate from Yushchenko's party, Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko.

Parliament called the early election after Tymoshenko accused Chernovetsky, who has been dogged by corruption allegations, of illegally selling highly profitable land and withholding revenue from the national budget. Chernovetsky denied it.