Ukraine's supreme court rules election void

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Friday evening, Ukraine's supreme court decided that the results of the final round of the presidential elections are not valid. Since Monday, judges investigated complaints from Viktor Yushchenko's opposition camp.“Today Ukraine has turned to justice, democracy and freedom”, Yushchenko told tens of thousands of supporters from a raised platform on the Kiev's Independence Square. “It happened thanks to you”.

Yanukovych, who officially won the run for president according to the Central Election Committee, now stands for the difficult task to convince the public of his integrity, which is widely accepted as 'nearly impossible'. Current president Leonid Kuchma called for completely new elections, which was widely seen as a bid to field a new candidate more popular than Yanukovych.

The court's ruling is binding, which means that a rerun of the last round in the presidential elections should take place within three weeks. Yushchenko said that the rerun might take place as early as 19th December.

Earlier this week, Eurovision Song Contest supervisor Svante Stockselius told esctoday.com that Kiev, the host city of the 2005 contest, is no point of discussion during this weekend's Reference Group meeting, which takes place in Ukraine's capital. With a new round of, hopefully, democratic elections, Kiev 2005 seems to become reality!

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