Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych announced through a spokeswoman today that he will stand in the repeat runoff vote. The spokeswoman, Anna Herman, said Yanukovych will participate in the election although he considers the ruling to be in violation of the constitution.
"Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych said today that he respects the ruling of the Supreme Court even though he believes it was made under extreme political pressure, which is in violation of the constitution. However, he believes there is no other way but to stand [in a fresh vote] and win."
In a response to an appeal by opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the 21 November election was fraudulent and threw out the official results, which had declared Yanukovych the winner.
The Central Election Commission came under intense criticism after it verified the results of the November runoff, prompting opposition leaders to demand that the 15 members of the commission be replaced.
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