Ukrainian Court Suspends Presidential Election Results
By SOF Editor on Wed, 02/17/2010 - 11:41am
A Ukrainian court has temporarily suspended the results of this month's presidential election pending review of an appeal filed by the losing candidate.
The Supreme Administrative Court released a statement Wednesday saying the Central Election Commission ruling that declared Viktor Yanukovych the winner had been put on hold.
Defeated Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the February 7 vote. Ms. Tymoshenko, Ukraine's current prime minister, says the election was rigged. She has refused to concede defeat.
The prime minister claims vote-rigging robbed her of 1 million votes in the runoff election. Final results show her losing by nearly 888,000 votes.
Tuesday, Ukraine's parliament set February 25 for the swearing in of President-elect Yanukovych.
A majority of 238 lawmakers in the 450-seat parliament endorsed the date Tuesday. But factions loyal to Ms. Tymoshenko boycotted the vote.