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Orange Revolution Victorious In Ukraine

It appears President Viktor Yushchenko and his Orange Revolution partner, Yulia Tymoshenko, will form a coalition government in the Ukraine. They originally formed a coalition during the Orange Revolution in 2004 which forced pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych to resign after he attempted to gain power through a fraudulent election. The Ukraine is divided in half. The eastern portion has more Russian speaking people who tend to support close ties with Russia while the western half speaks Ukranian and seeks to become a member of the European Union. On the other hand Yushcenko and Tymoshenko dislike one another but are compelled by circumstances to be partners.

In the 21st century we continue living with ancient territorial arrangements that threw together disparate peoples into one nation. Democracy is wonderful, but it also enables this old disputes to become even more intensified as groups vie with one another for power. Eastern Ukraine obviously does not wish to be governed by Ukranian speaking political leaders. The important question is whether or not compromise will succeed in maintaining peace and stability.

Orange Revolution Victorious In Ukraine

Supporters of the Orange Revolution appeared headed for a victory in parliamentary elections held over the weekend in the Ukraine. Three years ago people poured into the streets to head off a fraudulent election by Viktor Yanukovych who had the support of Russia. As a result of the peaceful revolution, Viktor Yushchenko became president and he appointed the charismatic Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister. The two have continually argued and have grown estranged from one another, but Tymoshenko’s party garnered 32% of the parliamentary vote and Yushchenko’s party obtained 15% which should provide the coalition a slim majority in parliament. Viktor Yanukovych hired American media consultants to give him a “reform image” but it apparently did not succeed in his gaining a victory. There is little doubt Yushchenko and Tymoshenko will move the Ukraine in the direction of joining the European Union, an action which will upset Russia.