Hurvits mayor of most crime-infested city in Ukraine
RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 2, No. 98 Part II, 25 May 1998
ODESSA MAYOR WANTS REFERENDUM ON HIS MAYORALTY.
Eduard Hurvits says he wants a referendum on his mayoralty after the Supreme Court upheld the decision of an Odessa district court annulling his election in March, Ukrainian Television reported. The district court ruled in favor of Hurvits's rival Ruslan Bodelan, saying that the city electoral commission, which is mostly made up of Hurvits appointees, violated the electoral law. Last week, a 200-strong commission, headed by Prime Minister Valeriy Pustovoytenko, was in Odessa to investigate Hurvits's election. Pustovoytenko sharply criticized Hurvits for the way he was running his office and called Odessa the most crime-infested city in Ukraine. Observers say President Leonid Kuchma may introduce direct presidential rule in Odessa to end the standoff.
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