21 Feb 2010

Ukraine PM scraps election challenge

2:07 pm on 21 February 2010

Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has dropped her legal challenge against her rival's victory in the country's presidential election.

Mrs Tymoshenko said the court was not interested in giving her justice in her case against the winner Viktor Yanukovych, the BBC reports.

The Kiev court had suspended the result when Mrs Tymosheko appealed on Tuesday, claiming the poll was rigged.

International monitors have deemed the vote free and fair, and Mr Yanukovych is due to be inaugurated on Thursday.

The BBC reports Ukraine's parliament is now set to form a new coalition which will allow MPs to vote out Ms Tymoshenko and choose a new government, in which she will have no role to play.