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Turchynov: Batkivschyna, People's Self-Defense start unification (updated)

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Dec. 28, 2011, 2:13 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Batkivschyna Party has stressed that the process of unification with the People's Self Defense party has just started and other political forces may join it.

The Batkivschyna Party has stressed that the process of unification with the People's Self Defense party has just started and other political forces may join it. "The process of unification hasn't finished yet and I believe that other political forces will join in," first deputy head of the Batkivschyna Party Oleksandr Turchynov said at a press conference on Wednesday.

He recalled the address of Batkivschyna leader Ukraine's ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko and former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko to opposition forces to unite efforts and jointly participate in the parliamentary elections of 2012.

"During the talks, a decision was made to begin the process of actual unification of the Batkivschyna Party and the People's Self-Defense party on the basis of the Batkivschyna party," Turchynov said.

In turn, deputy head of the Batkivschyna Party Mykola Tomenko said: "I do believe that there will be a real single list of candidates in single-mandate constituencies."

Turchynov, in turn, expressed the hope that Tymoshenko and Lutsenko would be freed and would top the list.

Tymoshenko and Lutsenko are currently held in custody.
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