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Tomenko: Batkivschyna not planning to change its leader Tymoshenko

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Dec. 4, 2012, 6:06 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

An activist holds a poster with a photo of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the center of Kiev, as they mark the eighth anniversary of the Orange Revolution in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012.
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The Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Union is not planning to replace its leader, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and unite with other parties, Deputy Parliament Speaker and Deputy Head of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Union Mykola Tomenko has said

"As deputy leader of the Batkivschyna All-Ukrainian Union, I would like to inform you that the party has not made a decision to unite with other political parties who participated in the elections along with us, or to create a single party. I did not see such a decision," he said at a briefing on Tuesday, when asked whether Batkivschyna will create a single party with other parties that were included in the Batkivschyna United Opposition.

"And, most importantly, I think it would be wrong, now and in future, to change the leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko. The Batkivschyna Party [is not] preparing a decision to dismiss Tymoshenko as party leader and appoint someone else to this post," he said.

Tymoshenko has headed Batkivschyna since December 1999.

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