When in doubt… (Ukraine)

by Nathan Hamm on 11/23/2004

Just declare yourself president and take the oath of office.

With his hand on a Bible, Viktor Yushchenko swore to “defend the rights and liberties of Ukrainian citizens” at an emergency session of parliament called to discuss the turmoil.

“Ukraine today is on the verge of civil conflict,” the pro-Western former premier warned, as the Lviv region, an opposition bastion, joined the capital Kiev and five other cities in rejecting the official results giving victory in Sunday’s presidential vote to pro-Russia Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.

Ukrainian parliament speaker Vladimir Litvin refused to recognize the oath of office, and the parliamentary session was attended by too few deputies to make any binding resolution.

“There has been no inauguration,” he said. “One must not provoke people.”

In other news, Putin took time out of his busy schedule to instruct Ukrainians to obey their government and a Russian election monitor was beaten after praising the election for its transparency.

The BBC offers up a profile of Viktor Yushchenko.

From AFoE:

BBC News 24 reports (from the AFP wire) that Yushchenko has called on the police and army to come out and support him while miners are threatening to march on Kiev in support of Yanukovich.

Previous coverage: here, here, and here.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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