December 12, 2004 |
Ukrainian presidential hopeful Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin, most likely intentionally, doctors in Vienna who had been struggling to diagnose his mystery illness confirmed Saturday. Yushchenko, a pro-Western opposition leader, has alleged since suddenly falling ill in September that he was poisoned in an attempt to kill a key critic of Ukraine's government. Authorities have denied the charge, and some government supporters have ridiculed it.
January 9, 2006 |
After last week's signing of a five-year natural gas agreement with Russia, President Viktor Yushchenko was basking in self-congratulation. "I would call it a brilliant achievement," he told Ukraine's NTN television. But former ally Yulia Tymoshenko thought otherwise. "Only a person with a huge New Year's hangover can call this a success," declared Tymoshenko, who was a partner in the 2004 Orange Revolution that brought Yushchenko to power and was his prime minister until last fall.
May 27, 2007 |
The nation's feuding president and prime minister agreed today to hold early parliamentary elections on Sept. 30, defusing a crisis that threatened to escalate into violence Saturday when the president sent troops streaming toward the capital, Kiev. Emerging from eight hours of tense talks, President Viktor Yushchenko said, "The political crisis in Ukraine is over."
January 21, 2005 |
Lawmakers decided that Viktor Yushchenko would be sworn in Sunday as president of Ukraine after weeks of turmoil in which he defeated a Kremlin-backed candidate at the polls. The move came hours after Yushchenko cleared the last in a series of legal obstacles that had arisen since his Dec. 26 election, including a Supreme Court appeal by loser Viktor Yanukovich.
September 23, 2005 |
Parliament approved President Viktor Yushchenko's choice for prime minister after he made a pact with an old foe. Lawmakers approved Yuri Yekhanurov after Yushchenko signed a truce with the Party of the Regions, led by losing presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich. That backing helped offset the defection of some of Yushchenko's Orange Revolution allies after Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was ousted.
April 1, 2007 |
More than 70,000 demonstrators in Kiev called on the president to defeat a challenge from the rival prime minister by dissolving parliament and calling new elections. A smaller rally supported the prime minister. President Viktor Yushchenko accused Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich of trying to usurp power by recruiting lawmakers allied with the president. Dissolving parliament could spark a crisis, particularly if Yanukovich's coalition refuses to abide by such a move.