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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yanukovych Calls for Pact on Vote Results

KIEV -- Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, in an article published Saturday, urged Ukraine's president to sign a pact upholding the outcome of September parliamentary elections to keep the country clear of a new political crisis.

Writing in the weekly Zerkalo Nedeli, Yanukovych said an agreement with President Viktor Yushchenko and all political parties was vital to avoid plunging Ukraine into new disputes.

"If we fail to do this, we will head straight into crisis right after the election. To ensure that the electoral process take place without turbulence, we need new political agreements, new guarantees of mutual trust," Yanukovych wrote. "I propose concluding a political agreement guaranteeing the staging of a democratic parliamentary election."

He said the accord would oblige all sides to stay out of the work of election officials and respect the results.

Yushchenko dissolved parliament in April and called snap elections after months of sniping with the prime minister. Yanukovych, who gets much of his support in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, resisted the dissolution order in weeks of battles over legal procedures.

Both the president and prime minister propose constitutional change to follow through on amendments adopted during the Orange Revolution that curbed the powers of the president. But Yushchenko proposes changes to boost presidential authority, including a new upper house, while Yanukovych wants more powers delegated to the parliament and the regions.

"There is no point devising some new sort of constitutional vehicle or returning to the old model of power, which a majority rejected in 2004," Yanukovych wrote. "That is unrealistic."