Ukraine’s prospects of a smooth power transfer that could help free up its bailout loan are fading as backers of Yulia Timoshenko, the loser in the Feb. 7 presidential election, said they were gathering evidence of electoral fraud and called for street protests. Timoshenko, the prime minister, has refused to concede defeat to opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, 59. He won 48.96 percent of the vote to Timoshenko’s 45.47 percent with virtually all ballots counted, according to the Central Electoral Commission’s Web site. While Timoshenko, 49, probably won’t win a court battle over the alleged vote rigging, she retains a majority in Parliament and can leverage her support there to hold onto the premiership, said Nick Day, London-based chief executive officer of the security and intelligence research group Diligence Inc. (Bloomberg)

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