Orange Revolution - Political Developments

Political Developments

Ukraine
This article is part of the series:
Politics and government of
Ukraine
Constitution
  • Constitution
    • Laws of Ukraine
  • Human rights
Executive
  • President
  • Viktor Yanukovych
    • Administration
    • National Security and
      Defence Council
    • Presidential representatives
  • Presidential symbols
  • Prime Minister
    • Mykola Azarov
  • Cabinet
Legislature
  • Parliament
  • Chairman
  • People's Deputy of Ukraine
  • Imperative mandate
Judiciary
  • Judicial system
  • Constitutional Court
  • Supreme Court
  • Prosecutor General
Divisions
  • Administrative divisions
    • Oblasts of Ukraine
    • Cities with Special Status (Ukraine)
    • Autonomous Republic Crimea
      • Regional municipalities
      • Cities of Ukraine
      • Raions of Ukraine
  • Local government
  • Local State Administration
    • Chief of Local State Administration
  • Local legislature
Election
  • Elections
  • Political parties
  • Presidential election
    • 2010 - 2004 - 1999 - 1994 - 1991
  • Parliamentary elections
    • 2012 - 2007 - 2006 - 2002
      - 1998 - 1994 - 1990
  • National Referendums
    • 2000 - 1991
  • Local Elections
    • Nationwide 2010 - Ternopil 2009
      - Kiev 2008 - Crimea 1994
  • Central Election Commission
Foreign relations
  • Foreign relations
  • International organizations
    • CIS
    • European Union
    • GUAM
    • NATO
See also
  • Ukrainian nationalism
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Proclamation of Independence
  • Cassette Scandal
  • Ukraine without Kuchma
  • Orange Revolution
  • Russia-Ukraine gas disputes
  • 2006 political crisis
  • Universal of National Unity
  • 2007 political crisis
  • 2008 political crisis
  • Kharkiv treaty
  • Other countries
  • Atlas

Politics portal

Although Yushchenko entered into negotiations with outgoing President Leonid Kuchma in an effort to peacefully resolve the situation, the negotiations broke up on 24 November 2004. Yanukovych was officially certified as the victor by the Central Election Commission, which itself was allegedly involved in falsification of electoral results by withholding the information it was receiving from local districts and running a parallel illegal computer server to manipulate the results. The next morning after the certification took place, Yushchenko spoke to supporters in Kiev, urging them to begin a series of mass protests, general strikes and sit-ins with the intent of crippling the government and forcing it to concede defeat.

In view of the threat of illegitimate government acceding to power, Yushchenko's camp announced the creation of the Committee of National Salvation which declared a nationwide political strike.

On 1 December 2004, the Verkhovna Rada passed a resolution that strongly condemned pro-separatist and federalization actions, and passed a non-confidence vote in the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, a decision Prime Minister Yanukovych refused to recognize. By the Constitution of Ukraine, the non-confidence vote mandated the government's resignation, but the parliament had no means to enforce a resignation without the co-operation of Prime Minister Yanukovych and outgoing President Kuchma.

On 3 December 2004, Ukraine's Supreme Court finally broke the political deadlock. The court decided that due to the scale of the electoral fraud it became impossible to establish the election results. Therefore, it invalidated the official results that would have given Yanukovych the presidency. As a resolution, the court ordered a revote of the run-off to be held on 26 December 2004. This decision was seen as a victory for the Yushchenko camp while Yanukovych and his supporters favored a rerun of the entire election rather than just the run-off, as a second-best option if Yanukovych was not awarded the presidency. On 8 December 2004 the parliament amended laws to provide a legal framework for the new round of elections. The parliament also approved the changes to the Constitution, implementing a political reform backed by outgoing President Kuchma as a part of a political compromise between the acting authorities and opposition.

In November 2009 Yanukovych stated that although his victory in the elections was "taken away", he gave up this victory in order to avoid bloodshed. "I didn't want mothers to lose their children and wives their husbands. I didn't want dead bodies from Kyiv to flow down the Dnipro. I didn't want to assume power through bloodshed."

Read more about this topic:  Orange Revolution

Other articles related to "political developments, political":

Helmand Province Campaign - Political Developments
... it was known that he had raised a 500-strong tribal militia to further his political ambitions ...
Raja Pervaiz Ashraf - Prime Minister of Pakistan - Political Developments
... Three days after his election, Ashraf visited Nine Zero and met with leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi ... He also visited the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (F) ...
Atomic Energy Of Canada Limited - Funding Deficiencies, Safety Concerns, Political Developments
... NRU safety concerns created a political firestorm in December 2007 ... Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn, who oversees AECL at the political level ...
Japanese Invasion Of Taiwan (1895) - The Course of The War - Phase One: Keelung, Taipei and Tamsui - Political Developments
... The first phase of the campaign had seen the flight of the Republican president Tang Ching-sung, the Japanese occupation of Keelung, Taipei and Tamsui and the surrender of the Republican garrisons in northern Taiwan ... It was generally expected, both by the Japanese and by foreign observers, that resistance to the Japanese occupation of Taiwan would now evaporate ...

Famous quotes containing the words developments and/or political:

    The developments in the North were those loosely embraced in the term modernization and included urbanization, industrialization, and mechanization. While those changes went forward apace, the antebellum South changed comparatively little, clinging to its rural, agricultural, labor-intensive economy and its traditional folk culture.
    C. Vann Woodward (b. 1908)

    All over this land women have no political existence. Laws pass over our heads that we can not unmake. Our property is taken from us without our consent. The babes we bear in anguish and carry in our arms are not ours.
    Lucy Stone (1818–1893)