Yanukovich resigns

In what will most likely be our final Ukraine update of the year, Viktor Yanukovych has resigned as Prime Minister of Ukraine.

“I have made a decision and am formally submitting my resignation,” he said in a televised address.

However, the man declared to have lost the country’s re-run presidential election to Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko has refused to admit defeat.

8 thoughts on “Yanukovich resigns

  1. Hallelujah! The BBC is reporting that he’s also recognised that his appeal to the Supreme Court has little hope.

    This has been a really refreshing story. The people of Ukraine have managed to make democracy work in spite of evil forces, without a drop of blood being shed. I will take interest in seeing how the country develops, and hope that geopolitics will not impede its development.

  2. I’m afraid that the victory may be less than we hoped for, given how the Ukrainian Kuchma-establishment passed all those laws limiting the power of the president before the rerun of the elections.

    A victory for democracy, yes, but a *partial* victory I’m afraid.

  3. I fear the alternative may have been the splitting of Ukraine into two countries, which would have been disastrous. I’m all for more regional power where it makes sense to delegate.

  4. I wonder if the suicide of his election organiser had anything to do with his decision?

    “Organizer of Viktor Yanukovich’s election campaign found dead in Kiev
    12/30/2004 15:21

    According to the official version, the minister committed suicide

    Georgy Kirpa, the Ukrainian Transport Minister, was found dead in his country-house on the outskirts of Kiev on December 27th.” from the following link … http://english.pravda.ru/accidents/21/96/383/14777_kirpa.html

    Looks like the graft will go West rather than East. This election seems to be typical of most modern elections – there never seems to be a candidate for the people!

  5. I am extremely impressed with the entire process that had been carried out by the Ukrainian people on behalf of their fellow citizens and nation.

    Yushchenko may be Ukraine’s best chance of ridding Ukraine of its old Cold War-leaning politics–let us hope that he does not fall to the influences of previous administrations and will keep his promises to the people.

    We can learn from the Ukrainian example… May the “Orange Revolution” live on across the world… =]

  6. Darren> 4Let’s use quotes around “suicide”, please.

    As for there not being a “candidate for the people”, I don’t know how else to describe all those folk that went to the streets to support Yushchenko other than “people”.

    West and East didn’t play an equal place here, I’m afraid. For starters it was the East that was for all intends and purposes threatened the violent annexation of pieces of Ukraine and used poisoning.

    Ken> I’m all for regional power when it’s *not* used to undermine the results of a democratic election. It’s not democracy, and it’s not “regional power”, when the rules change in this fashion — it is Calvinball when the rules of the game are changed mid-game. “Oh, okay, we’ll allow you to have a democratically elected president — but we’re changing the law so that the president won’t be actually able to get anything done. Suckers.”

    And as for Russia grabbing a piece of Ukraine (let’s not use the euphemism of “division”), that’d indeed be catastrophic, but the knowledge that things could be worse is small comfort.

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