Tymoshenko camp vows to challenge Ukraine vote [Article]

From the Globe & Mail:

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko plans to legally challenge the results of the presidential runoff that opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych is leading, her campaign said Tuesday.

Ms. Tymoshenko’s allies say she will not concede until appeals have run their course and recounts have taken place at a number of disputed polling stations.

According to Ukraine’s election commission, Mr. Yanukovych is leading in Sunday’s vote by 3.5 percentage points with only 0.05 per cent of precincts left to count. Unlike past elections in Ukraine, international monitors have praised this vote as being free and fair.

“We will recognize defeat only after a decision by the courts,” said Andriy Shkil, a prominent member of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc in parliament. “We will appeal both the preparation and conduct of the election.”

Ms. Tymoshenko’s allies say the election was marred by fraud.

“A decision has been taken to challenge results in certain polling stations and to demand a recount at those stations,” said Yelena Shustik, a deputy with the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc.

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