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Ukraine's Tymoshenko drops poll legal appeal

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Ukraine's Tymoshenko drops poll legal appeal


Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has asked to drop her legal challenge of presidential election results earlier this month, but insists the vote was rigged.

She told the Supreme Administrative Court in Kiev that she “saw no sense” in pursuing her case against the declared winner, Viktor Yanukovich.

When Tymoshenko launched her appeal, she handed the court nine files she said contained proof of fraud in the second round vote, two weeks ago. She said today that she was dropping the case because the judges refused to study all the evidence.

It is not yet clear whether she has abandoned all hope of overturning Yanukovich’s victory.

Ukraine’s electoral commission announced last Sunday that he had won by a 3.5 per cent margin. International observers said the vote was free and fair.

The result was suspended during Tymoshenko’s appeal but Yanukovich is due to be sworn in on Thursday.

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