Orange still makes Ukraine PM see red

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KIEV, Sep 18 (Reuters) Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich apparently still sees red when he sees orange, even though he has bounced back from a humiliating presidential election defeat in the country's 2004 ''Orange Revolution''.

Yanukovich, leading his Regions Party into parliamentary elections set for September 30, was to open a new stretch of road in central Ukraine on Monday, when a senior official ordered workers at the site to remove their fluorescent orange gear.

''Take off those orange overalls!'' Kommersant Ukraine daily quoted Volodymyr Demishkan, head of the state roads authority, as telling workers at the scene.

Many workers refused, but another official pleaded with the workers to remove their outfits, saying he would otherwise face dismissal. Eventually they complied.

Yanukovich lost the 2004 presidential election to Viktor Yushchenko after weeks of mass rallies against poll fraud by protesters in orange regalia, now known as the ''Orange Revolution''. He returned to head a new government in August last year after a pro-Western ''Orange'' coalition collapsed.

Yanukovich's Regions Party, which leads polls in the current campaign, sports blue and white colurs.

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