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December 27, 2004

Yushchenko, Tak!

55.21% Yushchenko!
44.01% Yanukovich

From the Central Election Committee
99.09% of the votes tabulated
Reported at 3:38 p.m.

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Watch the celebrations here and here. The boys are going around the flat singing, Yushchenko! Tak! Yushchenko! Tak! Nash president, tak, tak! They're even more excited about Yushchenko's election than they were about Bush's. . . And that's saying something.

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Hey,

First: congratulations! But then, I'm not sure about what you mean: "They're even more excited...".
It seems to me that if they were NOT more excited about Yushchenko's election's than they were about Bush's, then there would have been no talk of a revolution, orange or whatever... Perhaps I'm missing something here.

Anyway, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

JP

Posted by: Jean Pierre Bonin at December 27, 2004 04:05 PM

Congratulations! God Bless the Ukraine!

PS - Amy Ridenour has an interesting post about Mrs. Yushchenko, pretty cool.

Posted by: Feeble Knees at December 27, 2004 04:47 PM

Just testing a comment. Move right along!

Posted by: Tim at December 27, 2004 07:37 PM

And another test. Continue to ignore me...

Posted by: Tim at December 27, 2004 09:51 PM

Jean Pierre,

Well, my kiddos are pretty young and pretty avid George W. fans. . . They were super excited about the US elections. But to be honest, even MORE excited at the ones they got to watch up close and personal here. *grin*

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 27, 2004 10:24 PM

Congrats - assuming it holds. I hear Yanukovych is going to contest the result - any more on this yet? - I've been massively out of touch for the last week, and will continue to be for a few more days.

Posted by: Nosemonkey at December 28, 2004 12:22 AM

*expletive deleted*

Go Yush!!!!!!!

Posted by: chiken kiev at December 28, 2004 05:51 AM

Congrats to Victor Yushchenko and all Ukraine. The easy part of over now. The hard part will be translating the victory into positive accomplishments - get a handle on corruption, make the Russian speaking east feel they are a part of Ukraine and better off than they would be as part of Russia, and carry one the one positive accomplishment of the Kuchma era - a Grivna stable to the dollar and euro within a reasonable range. My wife is in Kharkov right now to spend Christmas and New Years with her 80 year old mother and she tells me things are peaceful in Kharkov. She is a little concerned about taking the overnight train back to Kiev and a cab to Borispol and the flight back to Atlanta in 2 weeks but I keep telling her it will be ok. I will be in Kiev and Kharkov this summer in June for 3 weeks and I look forward to see what the new look of democracy has done to Keshchatik in Kiev and Sumskya in Kharkov by then. I pray it is all positive.

Posted by: Jim Z at December 28, 2004 05:59 AM

Dear Tulipgirl, Just like your boys, I too, am much more excited about Yushchenko's win. When I saw the following picture showing young boys tying on orange ribbons, it brought home to me how important this has been and will be for the next generations - http://s95451559.onlinehome.us/gallery/the-end/ribbons

Posted by: Hello at December 28, 2004 03:25 PM

and carry one the one positive accomplishment of the Kuchma era - a Grivna stable to the dollar and euro within a reasonable range.

Actually, my understanding is that the stable dollar/grivnia exchange rate is one of the results of Yushchenko's reforms when he was working with Kuchma as prime minister. Between that and the agriculture reforms he instituted (eliminating corrupt "middlemen" between farmers/markets), THAT'S what helped me to see Yushchenko as a true reformer, and not merely a guy saying nice things.

It's been amazing--we've lived here 3 years, and the exchange rate has been a pretty steady $1 to 5.3 uah. (Give or take 20 kopeks.) I'm glad that Kuchma had the wisdom to continue with the stabilization reforms Yushchenko instituted.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 28, 2004 03:50 PM

Jim,

I hope your wife has a wonderful New Year with her family. Other than being hassled at the train station by the taxi mafia, she should have no trouble. We know of an elderly Ukrainian couple who had to do a lot of travelling in early December when things were more uncertain, and they were able to get to Kyiv by train and out through Borispyl just fine. (Though, it IS an exhausting trip.)

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 28, 2004 03:53 PM


 
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