Yulia Tymoshenko Drops Ukraine Election Challenge

KIEV, Ukraine -- Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has dropped her legal challenge against her rival's victory in Ukraine's presidential election, reports say.

Tymoshenko had previously refused to concede to Yanukovych.

Mrs Tymoshenko reportedly said she did not see any sense in pursuing the case against the winner, Viktor Yanukovych.

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

International monitors deemed the vote free and fair, and Mr Yanukovych is due to be inaugurated on 25 February.

Ukrainian Central Electoral Commission's declaration on Sunday that Mr Yanukovych had won the vote by a margin of 3.48%.

Mrs Tymoshenko had so far rejected Mr Yanukovych's appeals for her to accept defeat, claiming the election was marred by "systemic, fundamental and general falsifications".

As recently as Friday she had appealed for the poll to be declared void, saying: "I cannot accept double standards and I cannot give up".

Source: BBC News