Ukraine PM withdraws vote challenge

Ukraine PM withdraws vote challenge

Ukraine’s embattled premier Yulia Tymoshenko says she has withdrawn her legal challenge to the results of the country’s presidential election.

Mrs Tymoshenko said today she “sees no sense” in continuing her appeal since Ukraine’s Administrative Court has refused to consider the documents she claims show the falsification of some election results.

Mrs Tymoshenko lost the February 7 presidential run off to pro-Russian opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych by just 3.5%. She had refused to concede and has urged a full re-count.

Mrs Tymoshenko led the 2004 Orange Revolution, which led to a court’s overturning Mr Yanukovych’s presidential election victory that year and ordering a rerun that was won by her ally, Viktor Yushchenko.

Judge Alexander Nechitailo said court rules do not address a withdrawal, and the court might continue considering Mrs Tymoshenko’s appeal.

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