Ukraine Elections 2004
Kiev, Ukraine.December 27, 2004..Perhaps the last "Orange Revolution" rally in Kiev as election polls show the opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko in a strong lead with 98% of the vote counted. ..Thousands of supporters rally to his side on Maidan Independence Square. ..The first round of voting was considered fraudulent when the ruling president Viktor Yahukovich won and the opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko lost. ..Several hundred thousand Ukrainians took to the streets of Kiev and held daily rallies on Maidan Independence Square. The protests lasted nearly a month before the first vote was declared invalid and a new round of elections held on December 26, 2004. ..The demonstrations would come to be known as the "Orange Revolution" after the color of the opposition party.