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POLITICS: Ukraine Premier Makes Last-Ditch Bid to Keep Power

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posted on Dec, 29 2004 @ 01:56 PM
Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich who’s reversal of fortune in the Ukrainian election has stunned members of his party is attempting a last ditch try at challenging the victory of his opponent. Yanukovich filed a appeal with the Ukranian Supreme Court. One such appeal has already been rejected and experts believe this latest attempt will be as well.
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's defeated presidential candidate on Wednesday made a last-ditch but seemingly hopeless attempt to challenge the victory of his liberal opponent, Viktor Yushchenko.

Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, already forced by the opposition to pull out of his own cabinet meeting, has lodged complaints with the Supreme Court and the election commission over last Sunday's presidential poll.

"These legal challenges are an attempt to draw the Commission out of its impartial stand and into politics. And that is impossible," Central Election Commission head Yaroslav Davydovich said.

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This will be interesting to see how it shakes out. The PM has yet to concede his position and according to Ukranian law he serves at the pleasure of the President or the President-elect. Protestors already were able to prevent him from attending a cabinet meeting Wednesday and no doubt will keep up the pressure. Yanukovich has also claimed that he will never accept his defeat and will keep making appeals. With the Eastern part of the country unhappy at the outcome its going to be a tense time and if things drag out two long, a secession or civil war may be in the offering

posted on Dec, 31 2004 @ 01:00 PM
Yanukovich resigns as PM

January 1, 2005

UKRAINE'S Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich resigned from his post overnight and admitted his appeals over a presidential rerun vote were unlikely to be granted.

However, he stopped short of conceding the poll to opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko.

"I have made a decision and am formally submitting my resignation," he said in a televised address.

"I find it impossible to occupy any post in a government headed by these authorities.



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