Perhaps the most recognisable face of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution has returned as Prime Minister, sealing a remarkable political comeback. Yulia Tymoshenko won a standing ovation among MPs after defeating pro-Moscow candidate Viktor Yanukovich.
It will be her second attempt at leading the government. She said she is determined to enforce the law: “I proved many times when I was first in office that order can be established, but later, oligarchs and vested interests were too close to the administration and the rule of law suffered.”
Tymoshenko’s fiery oratory roused the crowds in 2004’s revolution, but she soon fell out with President Viktor Yushchenko and was sacked amid accusations of corruption.
But she is back, and determined to make up for lost time. She has promised to clean up Ukrainian politics, with the black economy still influential, 16 years after independence from Moscow.