A year after Georgia’s rose revolution, President Mikhail Saakashvili rang in the New Year with the head of Ukraine’s orange revolution, Viktor Yushchenko.
Saakashvili joined the country’s new leader in Kiev’s Independence Square at midnight, which became the spirtitual home of the Yushchenko camp’s battle to overturn November’s rigged election result.
West-leaning Yushchenko won last Sunday’s ballot – which had been ordered by the Supreme Court – by eight points.
Meanwhile, his rival Viktor Yanokovich has announced his resignation as prime minister.
A sombre faced Yanukovich announced he was quitting during a televised New Year address but refused to concede defeat in the re-run of the presidential poll.