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Ukrainian Supreme Court Rejects Election Result Appeal

Viktor Yanukovych (file photo) 6 January 2005 -- Ukraine's Supreme Court today rejected losing presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych's appeal of last month's presidential revote.

The three-judge panel threw out his appeal, which alleged massive fraud and asked the court to invalidate voting in all of Ukraine's 225 electoral districts. The panel did not immediately explain its ruling.

The appeal was a bid to overturn the Central Election Commission's unanimous refusal last week to consider a similar complaint.

Yanukovych, who still has one more chance to overturn the election results, has said openly he had little hope of success.

But he has vowed to fight on against the 26 December vote, which preliminary results show opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko winning.

Yanukovych's campaign had said their main appeal is still to come and will be filed with the Central Election Commission only after the commission announces the final results.