Friday, December 31, 2004

Outta there! 

Viktor Yanukovych, still pursuing legal challenges of his defeat in the Ukrainian presidential election, has announced he will tender his resignation as prime minister.

"I have made the decision and am formally submitting my resignation," he said in a televised address.

However, Mr Yanukovych refused to admit defeat in the country's re-run presidential election, which was called for Western-leaning Viktor Yushchenko. He is preparing an appeal to Ukraine's Supreme Court.

"We are still fighting but I don't have much hope," he said in his New Year's Eve address.

His threat of going into "harsh opposition", I predict, will fade to black in short order. The whereabouts of his compatriots is still unknown.