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Ukraine Challenger Refuses to Concede Defeat

Tuesday, 09 Feb 2010 10:41 AM


Newspaper reports in Ukraine on Tuesday quoted Yulia Tymoshenko as saying she would not concede defeat in the country's Presidential elections to Viktor Yanukovych.

The Prime Minister's supporters also said they were planning to challenge the election's outcome in court.

"Voting day displayed a cynical violation of Ukrainian law by the teams of Yanukovych," a Tymoshenko party deputy, Sergiy Sobolev, told Parliament. "We will defend in the courts your right, our citizens, to honest and transparent elections."

Legal action could delay the official publication of Sunday's results, which would in turn delay the inauguration of a new president. That typically occurs within 30 days after the results are officially released.

But Yanukovych's win was already being praised by Russia, where the dominant United Russia Party considers Yanukovych's Regions Party a close ally. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Yanukovych in a telephone call on Tuesday.

International observers have describede the elections as "free and fair." Election monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the vote had been an "impressive display" of democracy at work.

Joao Soares, the special coordinator of the OSCE observer mission, said it was "now time for the country's political leaders to listen to the people's verdict."

"The professional, transparent and honest voting and counting should serve as a solid foundation for a peaceful transition of power," he added.

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