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Rival jailed, Ukraine president on path to victory

‘DICTATORSHIP’:Viktor Yanukovych looks set to win this weekend’s election, despite unpopular tax policies, corruption and rows with Russia, the US and the EU

Reuters, KIEV

Of the 450 seats in the single-chamber parliament, 225 will be filled through voting by party lists — where the voter casts a ballot for a party, which presents a list of candidates.

The other half will be decided by voting for individual candidates on a first-past-the-post basis — a feature reintroduced by the Regions that is assumed to favor the party.

International monitors include a 700-member team from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The OSCE will deliver its verdict tomorrow. A positive assessment could improve the international image of Yanukovych before Ukraine takes over the chair of the human rights and security body in January.

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