Eight parties sign agreement on creation of united opposition

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March 16, 2010, 9:22 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine


Kyiv, March 16 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Leaders and representatives from eight parties, which are part of the BYT faction and the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense faction, have signed an agreement on the creation of the united opposition The document was signed at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Tuesday.

The document was signed by Batkivschyna Party Leader Yulia Tymoshenko, People's Self-Defense Party Leader Yuriy Lutsenko, Leader of the European Party of Ukraine Mykola Katerynchuk, Leader of Ukraine People's Rukh Borys Tarasiuk, Head of the Party of Motherland Defenders Yuriy Karmazin, Leader of the Christian-Democratic Party Volodymyr Stretovych, representative of the Social-Democratic Party Olena Shustyk, and representative of the Reforms and Order Party Serhiy Sobolev.

"We are now joining the forces of eight political parliamentary parties. Our next stage will be to convince all opposition politicians in the parliament to merge two factions into an opposition factional alliance," she said at a briefing on Tuesday after representatives from the eight parliamentary parties signed a statement to form a united opposition in the Rada.

"We will be convincing the members of the Our Ukraine-People's Self-Defense Coalition and the leaders of the parties working in this faction to create the opposition inter-faction alliance," Tymoshenko added.

The leaders of the eight parliamentary parties who signed the statement have urged everyone to cooperate and to overcome all differences because "Ukraine is facing large and fairly dangerous challenges," she said.

The next step will be to ask all factions in local councils in regions, districts, towns and rural areas to hold extraordinary sessions of such councils in order to adopt a resolution to go into opposition to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his executive branch of authority, Tymoshenko said.
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