Saturday, 20 February 2010

Ukraine Court Hears Tymoshenko Appeal Against Poll

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko launched a court appeal on Friday aimed at blocking the inauguration of President elect Viktor Yanukovich and forcing a fresh vote for President.
"I have not come to defend the elections.I have come to defend the future of Ukraine.I do not want the future of my people to be built on lies and fraud",Tymoshenko told journalists before entering Kiev's Higher administrative Court.
Yankovich,59,is due to be sworn into office on feb 25 after beating Tymoshenko by a narrow margin of 3.5 per centage points in a runoff vote earlier this month, but the 49 year old premier says she was robbed of victory by vote rigging.
Yanukovich,who was denied the top job by the 2004 "Orange revolution" protests against electoral fraud,and his regions Party have denied any wrong doing,as happened in the Orange Revolution which ended with President Viktor Yushchenko being elected.
She is also trying to get declared illegal the official declaration that Yanukovich was elected.

Few commentators expect her to win and most believe the court will throw out the appeal in time for Yanukovich's inauguration to go ahead next Thursday.

Tymoshenko, wearing a black dress with her hair plaited in it's trade mark peasant braid, sat next to Leonid Kravchuk,a former president,in the court room. Others supporting her in court included former foreign minister Borys Tarasiuk.

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