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Ukraine opposition deputies toss buckwheat at MP

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 - 00:49

Jan. 15 - Ukrainian opposition deputies throw buckwheat at newly-elected MP who they accuse of pandering for votes by giving pensioners ''food sets'' of buckwheat and cooking oil before elections to secure votes. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ukrainian parliament deputies from the far-right Svoboda, or "freedom", party on Wednesday pelted newly-elected MP Viktor Pylypyshyn with buckwheat kernels and shouted "shame" as he took the oath of office, to represent what they call his pandering to pensioners for votes. Pylypyshyn narrowly won a re-run of his election in December 2013 against an opposition candidate, after the original results of the 2012 elections were considered invalid due to irregularities. Opposition leaders accuse him of buying votes by plying elderly voters on pensions with food staples, like buckwheat and cooking oil, and question his election when exit polls showed their candidate Yuriy Levchenko in the lead.

Ukraine opposition deputies toss buckwheat at MP

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 - 00:49

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