Viktor Yushchenko is officially declared the winner of the Ukrainian presidential election.
"During the repeat election of December 26, Viktor Yushchenko has been elected president of Ukraine," central election commission chief Yaroslav Davydovich announced to applause and cheers at the end of nearly a seven-hour meeting in Kiev.
"Yu-shchen-ko! Yu-shchen-ko!" chanted Yushchenko's supporters packed in the commission meeting room as they unfurled an orange flag of their standardbearer's campaign.
Yanukovych is expected to continue to grumble and needle, but the deed is done and the election has been certified.
Yushchenko's people are planning his inauguration:
The official swearing-in ceremony is expected to take place in parliament, followed by a symbolic one on Kiev's Independence Square -- the epicenter of Yushchenko's "orange revolution" that roiled the nation and echoed on the world stage.
"It'll be flashy and interesting, with twists," Oleksander Zinchenko, Yushchenko's campaign manager, promised during a press conference in Kiev Monday.
Many in Kiev speculate the inauguration could take place this week, perhaps on Friday -- New Year's Day in the Julian calendar used by the Orthodox Church to which most Ukrainians adhere.
Congratulations to the people of Ukraine.