Today’s Eurasia Daily Monitor has an article on Tyhypko replacing Yanukovich in a new presidential vote in Ukraine.
As opposition protests mount, Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s chances of proving that the presidential elections were not rigged in his favor get slimmer. Now there are signs that the ruling elite is considering a new candidate. This is Serhiy Tyhypko, who on November 29 simultaneously resigned from two positions: manager of Yanukovych’s election campaign and chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU). “I will be a full-time politician,” Tyhypko told a press conference in the morning. And at night, asked by Channel 5 TV whether he would possibly run for president if the country opted for repeat elections, Tyhypko replied with an unequivocal “yes.”
Yushchenko is not too thrilled…
Yushchenko reacted to Tyhypko’s move angrily, calling him “a mischievous cat” and accusing him of trying to escape responsibility for legal violating the election law. Yushchenko referred to the fact that Tyhypko, on becoming head of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in December 2002, did not resign as head of the Labor Ukraine party — the political umbrella of the “Dnipropetrovsk clan” of Kuchma’s son-in-law Viktor Pinchuk, the Privat group, and the Derkach family — thereby exposing the central bank to political risks.