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Ukraine suspends election result pending probe

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Ukraine suspends election result pending probe


A court in Ukraine has suspended the result of the country’s presidential election.

The legal body has agreed to consider a challenge by the vanquished Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko lodged the complaint at the court in person. She alleges that supporters of winner Viktor Yanukovich rigged the vote at several hundred polling stations.

However, many Ukraine watchers believe the result will stand and not hamper the inauguration of Yanukovich as president on February 25.

Tymoshenko’s slender coalition government is now under pressure as Yanukovich backers in parliament are trying to gain the support of other parties to form a new union and force a vote of no confidence in Tymoshenko.

Yanukovich won the election in early February by a margin of 890,000 votes.

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