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Ukraine confirms Yanukovych win
Confirmation of results deals blow to PM's hopes of challenging presidential poll.
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2010 18:15 GMT

Volodymyr Shapoval confirmed that Yanukovych had won the election by 3.5 percentage points [Reuters]

Attempts by Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's prime minister, to challenge the election of Victor Yanukovych as president have been dealt a blow after the election commission declared Victor Yanukovych the official winner.

The Central Election Commission on Sunday dimissed Tymoshenko's claims of fraud and misconduct during the February 7 poll.

"The commission names Yanukovych the winner," Volodymyr Shapoval, the commission chairman, said in a televised meeting with other commission members.

The commission confirmed that Yanukovych received 48.95 per cent of the nearly 25.5 million votes cast in the second round run-off, while Tymoshenko garnered 45.47 per cent.

Tymoshenko said on Saturday that she will fight the result of the vote in Ukrainian courts, calling Yanukovych's win illegitimate.

"I want to clearly state: Yanukovych is not our president. Whatever happens in future, he will never become the legitimately elected president of Ukraine," she said in a televised broadcast.

Election complaints

Tymoshenko's team has claimed widespread violations took place during voting, particularly in Yanukovych's eastern Ukraine strongholds, but international observers hailed the vote as a fair and clean.

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"There are still complaints that have not been reviewed by the courts. The result has been announced too early," Volodymyr Pilipenko, a Tymoshenko delegate, said after the results had been confirmed on Sunday.

It now seems likely that Tymoshenko's supporters will present their alleged evidence of election fraud to a Kiev court.

There are concerns that the prime minister's continuing refusal to concede the presidential race will lead to political deadlock in the country.

Yanukovych has asked Tymoshenko to step down as prime minister but she has so far refused.

If she is voted out by a vote of no-confidence, which political commentators consider likely, she will stay on as acting prime minister until a new parliamentary coalition is formed - a long and complicated process.

If no coalition can be put together, the president-elect might have to dissolve parliament and call new parliamentary elections

The stalemate also threatens the prospects for economic recovery and the resumption of International Monetary Fund (IMF) lending.

The IMF suspended a $16.4bn bailout programme late last year because of breached promises of fiscal restraint.

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