&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/cis/2002/10/22/38499.html ' target=_blank>Ukraine's Supreme Court on Friday invalidated the official results of the disputed presidential runoff election and ruled that a repeat vote must be held, bringing cheers from opposition supporters massed in Kiev's main square.
The short timeframe set for a new vote appeared to rule out the possibility of holding an entirely new election, as sought by outgoing President &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/cis/2002/05/27/29324.html ' target=_blank>Leonid Kuchma, says CBS News.
According to the ABC News, Ukraine begins preparing on Saturday for a new election after its highest court annulled a rigged poll, breaking a political deadlock and triggering a night of ecstatic street celebrations in Kiev.
Liberal opposition leader &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/mailbox/ 22/101/399/14639_yushchenko.html ' target=_blank>Viktor Yushchenko appeared well-set for victory in the new ballot on Dec. 26 after emerging triumphant from a 12-day "people's power" campaign to overturn the results of a presidential election he had hotly disputed.
In the center of the capital a boisterous party erupted after Yushchenko told his supporters the court ruling had been a victory for their "orange revolution."
"Ukraine is henceforth a true democratic state," he declared to a crowd on Kiev's Independence Square, where his supporters, clad in his orange campaign colors, have thronged for the past 12 days.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia