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Batkivschyna asks international community for support to register Tymoshenko, Lutsenko as parliamentary candidates

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Aug. 8, 2012, 7:06 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Batkivschyna United Opposition has refused to accept the decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC) not to register former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko as candidates for people's deputies, and asked the international community for support to register the politicians as parliamentary candidates.
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The Batkivschyna United Opposition has refused to accept the decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC) not to register former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko as candidates for people's deputies, and asked the international community for support to register the politicians as parliamentary candidates. 

"We are asking the leaders of the prominent democratic countries of the world, and international institutions, particularly the OSCE, EU, the Council of Europe, PACE, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and others, to decry such antidemocratic actions by the authorities and use all means of leverage to ensure that the leaders of the opposition, Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko, can take part in the 2012 parliamentary election campaign," reads a statement posted on Batkivschyna's Web site.

The united opposition said that the refusal to register Tymoshenko and Lutsenko as parliamentary candidates "once again shows that the current authorities have openly declared their intention to hold the parliamentary elections in an antidemocratic way." 

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Aug. 8, 2012, 7:31 p.m.    

Нет! Bhahahahahah...

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cedrik Aug. 8, 2012, 9:11 p.m.    

They are both convicts. By Ukraine law they can not run for office. Or are they both above the law?

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harley Aug. 9, 2012, 7:17 a.m.    

There is no rule of law in Ukraine; all important decisions as to who will be prosecuted and convicted are made by Yanukovych and his gang.

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bernardh Aug. 9, 2012, 8:35 a.m.    

And leader of this gang is an imbecile, twice convicted, for assault and robbery, which evidently did not prevent him from running in elections.

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from eu Aug. 8, 2012, 10:43 p.m.    

GO JULIA GO,the free and democratic world is with you,for to save ukraine and ukrainian sovereignity destroyed day by day from janucovich for putin pleasure

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from eu Aug. 8, 2012, 11:42 p.m.    

dear cedrik,in ukraine doubble citizenship is forbidden,but many persons have,so you see in ukraine is possible to be above the law....

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cedrik Aug. 9, 2012, 8:52 a.m.    

EU, I see people 'above the law' every day here. However, it is the height of hypocrisy to on one hand complain about the current government violating their own laws and on the other hand appeal to the 'international community' to force the current government to violate their own laws.

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