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POLITICS: Yushchenko Sworn in As Ukraine President

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posted on Jan, 23 2005 @ 01:50 PM
The Ukraine has sworn in president Viktor Yushchenko. Calling his ascension to the presidency a "a victory of freedom over tyranny", Yushchenko takes over the helm following months of protests. A reformer with a pro West inclination, Yushchenko, who also may have been poisoned with Dioxin during the campaign took the oath of office at the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament.
KIEV, Ukraine - Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in as president of Ukraine on Sunday and called his inauguration "a victory of freedom over tyranny," capping a dramatic rise to power on the back of two months of massive street protests sparked by fraud-plagued elections.

The pro-Western reformer Yushchenko declared that the former Soviet republic was "now in the center of Europe" and praised the crowds of supporters who kept up demonstrations for weeks in Kiev's central square demanding a fair vote.

"The heart of Ukraine was on Independence Square," Yushchenko told tens of thousands of people in the square. "Good people from all over the world, from far away countries, were looking at Independence Square, at us."

"This is a victory of freedom over tyranny. The victory of law over lawlessness," he said, standing in front of an orange banner erected on the Independence Monument's rotunda, a reference to the campaign color that led the winter's demonstrations to be called the "Orange Revolution."

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Well, he does have his hands full. From what seems to be rampant corruption to a potentially hostile Russia its going to be a busy term for him. This election had alot of drama from the street protests to the poisoning attempt. Also, it marked a huge defeat for Putin, who invested heavily in Yuschenko's opponent.

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