Saturday, January 01, 2005

Another Viktor

Viktor Janukovic has resigned overnight.

UKRAINE'S Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich resigned from his post overnight and admitted his appeals over a presidential rerun vote were unlikely to be granted - Herald Sun.

You know, I have no more faith in the outcome of the latest Ukraine election result then I did in the first. Viktor Janukovic won by a million votes in the first, Victor Yushchenko by 2.2 million in the second. As far as I'm concerned, it's rorted. Democracy is busted and doesn't work anymore. Neither Janukovic nor Yushchenko gained any credibility in their elections. The Ukraine lost a democracy, that is all. Welcome, Ukraine, to the democratic world. Let us mourn together, as we watch our democracies sell out one by one.

Wikipedia excerpt from Janukovic's resume;

Yanukovych was born in the working class neighborhood of Makiivka to a family of Belarusian immigrants. As a teenager, he was orphaned and was brought up by his grandmother.

In 1968 and 1970, Yanukovych (according to officials) was convicted and imprisoned for robbery and bodily injury. It was recently announced that he was acquitted in 1978, although without documentation.

In 1972, Yanukovych became an electrician in a local bus company and later finished tehnikum. In 1980, he graduated (by correspondence) from Donets'k Polytechnic Institute, where he qualified as a mechanical engineer. Immediately after that, Yanukovych was appointed chief manager of a transportation company in Yenakiyeve (Donets'ka oblast') and admitted to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. This was the start of a quick management career in regional automotive transport. Yanukovych's political career began when he was appointed Head of State Administration (i.e., oblast' government) of Donets'ka oblast', in 1997.

In 2001, he graduated from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade as a Master of International Law. Later, Yanukovych was granted the titles of Doctor of Science and Professor.

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