The Ukrainian team that led the Orange Revolution self-destructs, with internal squabbling and claims of corruption. Less than a year after mass protest propelled him into office, President Viktor Yushchenko has sacked his entire government led by Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. She is the woman who helped him come to power with a promise to stamp out corruption, which was said to be widespread under the former regime of Leonid Kuchma.
Yushchenko said: “From now on I want to see all of the top state institutions working as one team,” Yushchenko told a media conference. “We need to halt the disappointment in society, and make sure the ideals of the Orange Revolution are not cast into doubt.”
Yushchenko has chosen regional governor Yuri Yekhanurov to form a new government. The 57-year-old is seen as pro-reform and occupied various government posts under former President Kuchma. Yushchenko has also accepted the resignation of a close ally from his top security post and suspended another aide.