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Ukraine’s Prime Minister Will Seek 3rd Round of Voting in Presidential Election

16. February 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, in a move that surprised very few, has filed a lawsuit with Ukraine’s Higher Administrative Court asking for the Second Round of voting in February’s Presidential Election which left her rival Viktor Yanukovich as the winner to be overturned. Russian lady Tymoshenko had started complaining about corruption in the electoral process before the vote had even taken place and these complaints continued after the second round, she has even threatened to “rally the people”, a call-back to the 2004 Orange Revolution – a largely peaceful protest that caused a re-vote in that year’s Presidential election.

The lawsuit accuses the Central Elections Commission of “unlawful actions, inaction, and decision related to the presidential elections” and seeks to have the Higher Administrative Court order a re-vote. This echoes the results of 2004’s Presidential elections, which initially favored Viktor Yanukovich as well, until the re-vote was ordered and his rival, Viktor Yushchenko was elected instead.

Noted as one of the world’s “Hottest Heads of State” Yulia Tymoshenko has remained defiant of the President-Elect’s calls for her to resign the Premiership of Ukraine and is adamant that the election was rife with corruption. Outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko has decried the battle between the two, noting that it is stopping Parliament from passing a 2010 budget. Both Yulia Tymoshenko and Viktor Yanukovich have served as Prime Minister under President Yushchenko.