Viktor Yushchenko

Ukrainian politician who was President of Ukraine

Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko (Ukrainian: Віктор Андрійович Ющенко) (born February 23, 1954) is a previous President of Ukraine. On November 26, 2004, he lost the Ukrainian presidential election. However, he and his followers argued that the election had been corrupted. They argued that the election results had been falsified by the Ukrainian government, in support of the opposing candidate Viktor Yanukovych. They organized political demonstrations in the autumn and winter of 2004 that gathered millions of people all over the country. They called the demonstrations The Orange Revolution. The Constitutional Court ordered a second round of elections, which Yuschenko won.[1]

Viktor Yushchenko
Віктор Ющенко
Official portrait, 2008
3rd President of Ukraine
In office
23 January 2005 – 25 February 2010
Prime Minister
Preceded byLeonid Kuchma
Succeeded byViktor Yanukovych
7th Prime Minister of Ukraine
In office
22 December 1999 – 29 May 2001
Cabinet Yushchenko Government
PresidentLeonid Kuchma
DeputyYuriy Yekhanurov
Preceded byValeriy Pustovoitenko
Succeeded byAnatoliy Kinakh
Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine
In office
January 1993 – 22 December 1999
Preceded byVadym Hetman
Succeeded byVolodymyr Stelmakh
People's Deputy of Ukraine
4th convocation
In office
14 May 2002 – 23 January 2005
ConstituencyIndependent, No. 1
Personal details
Viktor Andriyovych Yushchenko

(1954-02-23) 23 February 1954 (age 70)
Khoruzhivka, Sumy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Political party
ChildrenVitalina Yushchenko, Andriy Yushchenko, Sophia, Khrystyna, Taras
Alma mater
Military service
Branch/serviceBorder Guard unit of KGB
Years of service1975–1976

Yushchenko claimed to have been poisoned by political enemies. He was hospitalized and his appearance showed signs of a serious illness.[1]

Yulia Tymoshenko and Yushchenko were once strong allies (during the Orange Revolution). Today there is a lot of political misunderstanding between Tymoshenko and Yushchenko.[2]

In February 2010 Yushchenko lost the presidential election to Viktor Yanukovych.[3]

From December 1999 till May 2001 Yushchenko was the Ukrainian prime minister and from January 1993 till December 1999 head of the national bank of Ukraine.[4]

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