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Ukraine Supreme Court To Consider Yanukovych Appeal

6 January 2005 -- A Ukrainian Supreme Court panel is expected today to consider former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's latest appeal challenging the presidential election results.

Yanukovych says opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko's apparent solid victory in the 26 December 2004 repeat runoff should be declared invalid because of massive fraud.

Yanukovych is challenging the results in all of Ukraine's 225 districts. International observers have said they found no evidence of mass vote-rigging in the repeat vote.

The Central Election Commission has already rejected Yanukovych's appeal to it, but the commission has not yet announced the final election results.

Yushchenko said his new government would include "new names" to tackle corruption, which he said is Ukraine's main problem.

"The main problem in Ukraine is corruption. Corruption exists under extremely centralized state rule. That's why our first task will be replacing the old people, so that the Ukrainian people could see new names," Yushchenko said.

Yushchenko and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, holidaying together at the Tysovets ski resort in the Carpathian mountains in western Ukraine, yesterday signed a declaration hailing the "revolutions" and democratic processes which they said have occurred in their countries.


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