Yushchenko to be sworn in as Ukraine’s president Sunday

Yushchenko to be sworn in as Ukraine’s president Sunday

[JURIST] Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko [BBC profile; official campaign website in Ukrainian] will be sworn in as the new Ukrainian president at noon on Sunday. The Ukrainian Parliament voted to approve a Sunday ceremony after the country's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych [BBC profile], saying there was not enough evidence to support his claim that millions of people did not get a chance to vote. Chief presiding justice Anatoly Yarema said "the decision is final and cannot be appealed." Government newspapers went to press with the official results of the December revote just prior to the court's announcement of its decision at 2:30 local time in Kyiv. Yanukovych representative Nestor Shufrich said the former prime minster still intends to appeal the Supreme Court decision to the European Court of Human Rights [official website]. Also today, Russian President Vladimir Putin [official English-language website], who had supported Yanukovych in the disputed election, sent congratulations [official statement] to Yushchenko saying, "the development of good-neighborly and equal relations with Ukraine is one of the most important national priorities of Russia." AP has more.

10:15 AM ET – AP is now reporting that Yushchenko will visit Moscow on Monday, a day after his inauguration as president.