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.
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.