Ukraine election commission certifies Yushchenko winner of presidential vote

[JURIST] The Central Election Commission of Ukraine [official website] late Monday certified opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko the winner of the December 26 re-vote over former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukoyvch. Under Ukrainian law the certification must now be approved by the Ukrainian Supreme Court and published in two newspapers. Completion of the process is expected to substatively bring to an end Ukraine's prolonged electoral crisis, which after allegations of fraud in a November run-off poll led to mass demonstrations in Kyiv and a Supreme Court ruling overturning the result and directing the re-vote. A late report from Kyiv suggests, however, that losing candidate Viktor Yanukovych may yet appeal his election complaints, all rejected by the Ukrainian Supreme Court, to the European Court of Justice. AP has more.

 

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