Sunday, December 05, 2004
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Dec 3, 2004 — By Pavel Polityuk
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared victory in an "orange revolution" on Friday after the ex-Soviet state's top judges annulled a rigged election and ordered a new vote on Dec. 26.
The Supreme Court ruling is a slap in the face for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who only on Thursday met outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and said he was right to oppose a re-run of the poll's final round last month.
A triumphant Yushchenko addressed tens of thousands of supporters in the center of the capital Kiev, telling them to stay in the streets until Kuchma sacked the government and the election commission that held the tainted vote.
Young and old protesters clad in the opposition's orange colors set off fireworks and cheered each Supreme Court judge by name in Independence Square amid scenes of jubilation.
The crisis following the election battle between Western- oriented Yushchenko and Moscow-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich has plunged Ukraine into turmoil and kindled distrust between Russia and the West.
The judges agreed with Yushchenko's allegations that the Nov. 21 run-off vote had been subject to systematic fraud.
"Ukraine is henceforth a true democratic state," Yushchenko told the crowd, one of his young daughters hugging his leg.
"Mr Kuchma, Mr Yanukovich! Find the courage and go! Don't torture your people."
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