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Central Election Commission registers Hromada party ticket without Lazarenko

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Aug. 15, 2012, 1:52 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Central Election Commission has registered the party ticket of the Hromada Party, but refused to register former Ukrainian Premier Pavlo Lazarenko as a parliamentary candidate.
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The Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered the party ticket of the Hromada Party, but refused to register former Ukrainian Premier Pavlo Lazarenko as a parliamentary candidate.

At a sitting on Friday the CEC registered the party ticket including 42 candidates, in particular the ex-premier's brother Ivan Lazarenko.

The CEC also registered four candidates for majority constituencies from the Hromada Party.

As reported, on August 5 the congress of the Hromada Party approved the list of its candidates for people's deputies. Pavlo Lazarenko and his brother Ivan, a deputy of Dnipropetrovsk Regional Council, headed the list.

As reported, Lazarenko was convicted in the United States of embezzling funds illegally received and transferring them to foreign accounts in 1994-1999. A Californian court sentenced Lazarenko to nine years in prison in August 2006. He remained in his apartment in San Francisco under house arrest pending the consideration of the appeal against his conviction.

Lazarenko was Ukraine's prime minister from June 1996 to June 1997.

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