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Yushchenko cannot give Ukraine people what they need. Who cares democracy or dictatorship, economy is the key.|
Ukraine’s economy cannot keep good without Russia. Yushchenko’s government has no good tie with Russia. He thought the west can save Ukraine but he was wrong. The west just used Ukraine as a failed example of communism. So the west is happy to see such a result.
The new leader of Ukraine needs to recognize the position of the country. Whatever, I support Tymoshenko. Who would dislike beauty?
Ukraine and the fading color of Orange Revolution
By He Wei (China Daily)
Updated: 2010-02-04 07:49
Ukraine held the first round of its fifth presidential election on Jan 17, in which Viktor Yanukovych, former prime minister and head of the Party of Regions, secured 35.32 percent of the votes. Yulia Tymoshenko, incumbent prime minister and leader of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland", followed him with a quarter of the votes. In third place was Serhiy Tihipko, an independent candidate, who got 13.05 percent of the ballots.
Making up the rear was President Viktor Yushchenko, who managed to get only 5.45 percent of the votes. Since none of them could win an absolute majority, the top two candidates, Yanukovych and Tymoshenko, will take part in a runoff on Feb 7.
The first round of the election shows Yushchenko's popularity has faded, as has his "Orange Revolution" that catapulted him to power in 2004. Orange Revolution supporters, naturally, had very high hopes from his government. But it failed to develop Ukraine's economy, improve people's livelihood and build a stable political environment.
Ukraine's politics has gone through many ups and downs since the Orange Revolution, with political parties trying to divide state power among the president, parliament and the administration. As a result, Ukrainians have seen two parliamentary elections and five cabinets in less than five years. And the country has suffered because of the resultant governmental and parliamentary crises and rampant corruption.
To make matters worse the global financial crisis dealt one of the heaviest blows to the country's economy, forcing it to shrink by a staggering 14 percent last year.
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