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Yushchenko says he's quitting presidential post in order to return

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Jan. 22, 2010, 2:50 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yushchenko said that politicians who don't think too much about their posts and their ambitions always return.
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Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko has said that he is quitting his current post in order to return. "I'm quitting [as president] in order to come back again," he said during ceremonies marking Ukrainian Unity Day in Kyiv on Jan. 22.

Yushchenko said that politicians who don't think too much about their posts and their ambitions always return.

He said that he would stick to fundamental values as freedom and democracy, as well as the country's European future. Yushchenko also expressed confidence that these values would win.

He said that he had fulfilled his democratic duties at the presidential post, however, "national commitments don't give me any moral right to leave the country's political life."

Yuschenko said that he respected the results of the first round of the presidential election in Ukraine.
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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 4:02 p.m.    

when you have traitors(tyno-yanu) blocking him and making his position impotent what can people expect

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:58 a.m.    

He had power, time - he diddled

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 4:42 p.m.    

Yushchenko was Ukraine's worst president., His policies and actions had undermined Ukraine's economic and democratic development. He would be the last person anyone would place any faith in. He will be remembered as the president who was not a leader and who betrayed a nation and all those who supported his election and the orange revolution.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 12:03 a.m.    

are you related to Pokimon and those other Japaneese cartoon characters ...your "brain" seems to reflect this...

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:57 a.m.    

You have proved your intellect with your examples

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 4:44 p.m.    

The tribe has spoken. Ukraine has overwhelmingly rejected Yushchenko. he has only himself to blame for his own demise. He will not have a second chance. His presidential career thankfully is over.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:55 a.m.    

He is a dreamer

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 2:46 p.m.    

Yushchenko was Ukraine's nightmare.

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Anonymous Jan. 22, 2010, 7:45 p.m.    

Poka's analysis is very short-sighted and ignorant. In fact Yushchenko faced insurmountable opposition in democratizing Ukraine. To undo the damage under Kuchma and his henchmen would require more than 2 terms. To undue the damage Soviet imperialism did to Ukraine would take several generations. To be fair, Yushchenko has many weaknesses. But his legacy will attest the fact that he was/is a nation builder. Ukraine is a NATION, unfortunatly a buffer between east (soviet ergo Russian) and west (democracy). Only history will tell if the Ukrainian people have the courage to choose correctly.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:55 a.m.    

He had 15 months of absolute power, he diddled

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 2:45 p.m.    

He misused and abused hos position of authority. He should have been impeached long ago. Ukraine would be better off if it adopted full parliamentary model of government as recommended by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in its report dated April 17, 2007.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:30 a.m.    

Yushchenko is the best president we've has since independence. Too bad he doesn't get a second term to finish his job. Now he will use his remaining time on Bankova Street to hand out medals to deserving Ukrainian patriots.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 3:54 a.m.    

Too bad he did not have the spine to do what he promised before elected. He is a loser

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 2:43 p.m.    

Yushchenko is a failed president he is without any doubts the worst presidents in Ukraine's history. His negativity rating is over 83%, It cam as no surprise Yushchenko was voted out of office.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 8:12 a.m.    

Mr.Yuschenko you could have done a better job while in office serving your people. But I do believe he wanted democracy and freedom for his people! If Yanukovych can run for office again why not Yuschenko again. You should never give up on something you want to do or be in life. There is always a second chance to redeem yourself because nobody is perfect in life.

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Anonymous Jan. 23, 2010, 2:40 p.m.    

He only espoused the words of democracy he never practiced it or supported it. To Yushchenko democracy is just reklama Yushneko has opposed any attempts made for Ukraine to adopt European values and European models of democratic parliamentary governance. Yushchenko's proposed constitutional changes are anything but democratic. He want to reinstate a Presidential autocracy being back the days of tsarist/.presidential rule.

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