The men and women in orange were out on the streets of Kiev again overnight, but this time victory was much more tangible than it had been during the massive street protests of last November. This morning they got the result they wanted. Ukraine’s Supreme Court confirmed Viktor Yushchenko’s triumph in the presidential election and threw out the appeal of his opponent, former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.
Official results have now been published, giving the self-styled leader of the “Orange Revolution” nearly 60 percent of the vote to just over 44 percent for his challenger. Yushchenko will take his oath of office on Sunday, ending Ukraine’s power vacuum.
It is a bitter defeat for Yanukovich. After seeing his election victory on November 21 declared invalid, he faced a bruising re-run and was sidelined by Ukraine’s political establishment.