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Ukrainian Court Suspends Presidential Election Results

A Ukrainian court has temporarily suspended the results of this month's presidential election pending review of an appeal filed by the losing candidate.

The Supreme Administrative Court released a statement Wednesday saying the Central Election Commission ruling that declared Viktor Yanukovych the winner had been put on hold.

Defeated Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the February 7 vote. Ms. Tymoshenko, Ukraine's current prime minister, says the election was rigged. She has refused to concede defeat.

The prime minister claims vote-rigging robbed her of 1 million votes in the runoff election. Final results show her losing by nearly 888,000 votes.

Tuesday, Ukraine's parliament set February 25 for the swearing in of President-elect Yanukovych.

A majority of 238 lawmakers in the 450-seat parliament endorsed the date Tuesday. But factions loyal to Ms. Tymoshenko boycotted the vote.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.