Christian Democratic Union calls on Yanukovych to help end political wars

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Dec. 28, 2010, 10:41 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

David Zhvaniya was one of the founders of the People's Self-Defense Party, which is led by former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, jailed on suspicion of abuse of office.

Members of the board of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party have expressed extreme concern over the "escalating confrontation within the political circles and society related to the arrests of public officials, which is laying the dangerous precedent of revenge and harassment." "We are urging the Ukrainian president as a guarantor of the constitutional rights and freedoms of citizens with a proposal to take the appropriate steps that would signal to society that the era of political wars is over and the era of constructive dialogue starts. We, the Christian Democrats, believe that such actions on the eve of Christmas will receive the support from Ukrainian citizens," the CDU said in a statement posted on the Web site of MP David Zhvaniya on Tuesday.

As reported, businessman Zhvaniya was one of the founders of the People's Self-Defense Party, which is lead by former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, who was arrested for two months under a ruling of the Pechersky district court on December 27.

Lutsenko criticized Zhvaniya and a number of lawmakers from the Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense faction and the Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko for their joining the majority coalition in parliament.

On July 17, Zhvaniya joined of the Christian Democratic Union party.
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