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Ukrainian President Cancels Commemoration of Orange Revolution

December 30, 2011

Dec. 30 (Bloomberg) -- President Viktor Yanukovych canceled the state’s official commemoration of the Orange Revolution on Nov. 22 to mark the day in 2004 when mass protests broke out in central Kiev and led to the overturning of Yanukovych’s victory in a disputed presidential vote.

Yanukovych, who won presidential elections in 2010 over Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, signed the decree today, his office said in a statement.

Tymoshenko helped lead the Orange Revolution which brought Viktor Yushchenko to victory over Yanukovych in the repeated presidential elections in 2004.

--Editor: Douglas Lytle

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