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Defeated prime minister appeals Ukraine elections

AP , KIEV, Ukraine

The campaign team of Viktor Yanukovych, the loser of the Dec. 26 presidential vote, filed its appeal of the election results with the Supreme Court yesterday.

The court, along with Ukraine's election commission, has already rejected an array of appeals from Yanukovych's team, and the new complaint of some 621 volumes of documents and 233 videotapes is the campaign's last attempt at overturning the election won by pro-Western reformer Viktor Yushchenko.

Campaign manager Taras Chornovyl said that the voluminous appeal, delivered in a minivan, urges the court to "order a revote."

"We believe we can win," Chornovyl told reporters.

Nestor Shufrich, Yanukovych's representative on the Central Election Commission, filed the complaint along with other members of the losing candidate's team.

Natalya Sarapyn, a court spokeswoman, confirmed "the arrival of the complaint of several hundred volumes."

"At the moment, the appeal is with the registrar, where it is undergoing appropriate procedures," she said.

Yushchenko was officially declared the winner on Monday, but cannot be inaugurated until the Supreme Court reviews complaints from his rival. The Dec. 26 election was a rerun of Nov. 21 fraudulent balloting in which Yanukovych was declared the winner.

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