BREAKING NEWS ~ Ukrainian high court won't rule on election Monday

[JURIST] AP is reporting that the Ukrainian Supreme Court justices have said that the court will not reach a decision Monday on the validity of the presidential election results.

9:22 AM ET - The Ukrainian Supreme Court Monday heard opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko's appeal against the official poll results in Ukraine's presidential elections. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was declared the winner with 49.46% of the vote (Yushchenko received 46.61%), but the court suspended the results last week while it considered claims of massive fraud in the elections. The court said Monday that it would not come to a decision Monday, allowing more time for Yanukovych's lawyers to study evidence presented by the opposition. While the court cannot invalidate the whole election, it could order a partial or full recount. BBC News has more and background on the court battle.

9:46 AM ET - AP is reporting that Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych has said that he would support another presidential vote if allegations of fraud are proven.

12:35 PM ET - BBC News is reporting that Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has backed new elections as a way out of the poll fraud dispute. A brief story is here.

 

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