There are no bounds to Yushchenko’s skills as a leader as he along with Ukraine are the Clear winners.
The MSM is still floating the absurd notion of a “victory” for Moscow but they are apparently confused with the country to the north.
No, a “Moscow” victory would have been replete with dioxin, multiple shot suicides, and other sovietesque anomolies.
This election was a win for Yushchenko as his stated goal in the first term was to build a nation, and this jackboot-free election is the first significant act of a free and united nation. Is this a small accomplishment for Yushchenko? Not at all given economic problems he inherited from a country that was paralyzed for 3 months during the last elections. Also consider his very proficient defense against the economic Cold War the Kremlin waged in retribution during the last 12 mos. We all heard about the shut down of gas exports but there were also battles waged to stop Ukrainian exports of goods.
Also, the Sich commented on the curious absence of campaigning by Yushchenko and this obviously was reflected in his party’s election results.
But perhaps the reason is now apparent. This election could not hurt Yushchenko – his Presidency was not on the line. However, campaigning against Tymo on one side and Yanukovych on the other side would have worked against the next goal of Yushchenko and that is to build a strong economy with a Grand Coalition
Now that a nation has been built with people realizing they ARE not an appendage of the Kremlin, Yushchenko needs to attract foreign investment with very Orange themes of transparency. He also needs to get the cooperation of the industrial stronghold of Yanukovych. Economic growth will float all ships if only because so very little is needed to vastly improve per capita income.
There are NO coalitions without Yushchenko and he looks destined to carry Ukraine on its overdue entry into the modern world.
UPDATE: The Mozambique Sich checks in from the African Continent with beaucoup moodry coverage.