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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Yanukovych to Be Sworn in Feb. 25

KIEV — Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday set Feb. 25 for the inauguration of Viktor Yanukovych as president, while his rival, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, prepared to challenge his election in court.

Parliament seethed with intrigue as the two camps sought to outmaneuver each other — she seeking to hold on to her power base as prime minister while his party trying to forge a new alliance to get her out.

With Tymoshenko maintaining that Yanukovych is not legitimately elected and refusing to quit as prime minister, tension ran high and prospects for a quick return to stability appeared dim.

Uncertainty after a bitter campaign which resulted in a narrow win for Yanukovych on Feb. 7 is threatening any early economic recovery in the country of 46 million.

Supporters of Tymoshenko were due to lodge their challenge to the election result in a Kiev high court Tuesday. She says that electoral fraud by the Yanukovych camp — which is denied by the president-elect — robbed her of victory.

Major powers, including the United States, Russia and the European Union, have congratulated Yanukovych on his victory.

Western governments have privately urged the charismatic 49-year-old Tymoshenko to accept defeat in the best interests of Ukraine. But though commentators say Tymoshenko is unlikely to succeed in her legal challenge, she did not appear ready to back down Tuesday.

She met members of factions allied with her bloc, urging them to hold together to ensure a balanced power structure that is not "monopolized" by Yanukovych's Party of the Regions backers.

Parliamentary sources said Yanukovych's team was also active in horse-trading as they tried to forge a coalition that could produce an acceptable successor to Tymoshenko.

If the Yanukovych team succeeds, a vote of no confidence in Tymoshenko's government is likely to follow.

Most analysts believe that Tymoshenko will end up as opposition leader, but they say it is hard to predict how long the conflict might last.