Ukraine Prime Minister Refuses To Accept Defeat
The Prime Minister of Ukraine refused to concede defeat to rival opposition leader even if she already lost Sunday’s presidential elections.
Yulia Tymoshenko lost the run-off elections garnering only 45.47% versus the 48.95% of Viktor Yanukovych, the winner during the first round of elections held in January.
She appeared for the first time after losing to chair a government meeting. She refused to comment on the election results but made accusations to Yanukovych that he cheated. Oleksandr Turchynov, head of Tymoshenko’s campaign said that there was a systematic, large scale rigging. He then demanded the Central Election Commission (CEC) for a recount in all of the 900 polling stations.
Yanukovych immediately called to Tymoshenko to accept defeat hours after he was announced as winner by the CEC. He is slated to renew relations with Russia.
The prime minister is the head of government while the president is the head of state and commander-in-chief of the nation’s army. The president helps decide who becomes prime minister.