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Opposition expects European Court ruling to be grounds for Tymoshenko, Lutsenko to run for parliament

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Aug. 4, 2012, 6:20 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

If the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) finds former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's conviction as politically motivated, this would be grounds for Tymoshenko's participation in parliamentary elections this autumn,Arseniy Yatseniuk says.
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If the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) finds former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's conviction as politically motivated, this would be grounds for Tymoshenko's participation in parliamentary elections this autumn as the leader of the United Opposition Batkivschyna, Arseniy Yatseniuk, the head of the United Opposition's council, told journalists near the Central Elections Commission building on Friday.

"The fact that Yulia Tymoshenko tops the [electoral] list and [former Interior Minister] Yuriy Lutsenko is on this list has both political and legal grounds," Yatseniuk said.

Yatseniuk, the leader of the Front for Change Party, pointed out that the ECHR has already found Lutsenko's conviction politically motivated, and this is why "the existing authorities are dragging out the hearing of Tymoshenko's appeal."

"It's because a European Court of Human Rights' decision on political motives behind Tymoshenko's indictment would be grounds for Tymoshenko and Lutsenko to run in the election campaign," he said.

The United Opposition Batkivschyna list has been compiled by all parties comprising it, Yatseniuk said. "We have professional politicians, lawyers, people who worked for local self-government bodies and who have passed through the crucible of trials and struggle against [President Viktor] Yanukovych. We have people who will show a new quality of politics in a new Verkhovna Rada," he said.

"We are sure that we will win. We will get a democratic majority, we will release Tymoshenko and Lutsenko, and we will form a new quality of Ukraine. There are no people who could obstruct this," he said.

It was reported earlier that the United Opposition Batkivshchyna had submitted documents to the Central Elections Commission on August 3 for registering its parliamentarian candidates. Tymoshenko tops the list and Lutsenko is on the fifth position.

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