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.

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