Tymoshenko asks MEPs to declare Rada election undemocratic, illegitimate

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Sept. 4, 2012, 1:24 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko take part in a rally outside Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kiev Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.
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Brussels - Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has called on European politicians to declare the Ukrainian parliamentary election campaign as one that is not up to the European democratic standards and those of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). 

The message was voiced before the European Parliament by Tymoshenko's daughter Yevhenia, who is currently in Brussels to meet with leaders of the largest political groups in this European institution.

"The main message is to declare now that this election is illegitimate. Doing so after the election will be late. Already one can acknowledge the fact that democratic forces will be unable to defeat falsifications going on at every level. She hopes that observers who will be present before the election begins will manage to notice that and conclude before the election that it is unfair and dishonest. Dictatorship in Ukraine has effectively been installed, and this election will help consolidate it," Tymoshenko's daughter told Interfax-Ukraine after her first meeting with group leaders from the European People's Party.

Tymoshenko believes that what is happening in Ukraine during the election campaign "has nothing to do with honest and fair election standards," Batkivschyna Party deputy leader Hryhoriy Nemyria said. 

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Harry Yellando Sept. 4, 2012, 1:33 p.m.    

YEP !!! Yanko is here to stay at ANY cost....ANYTHING but defeat will do...dishonest, corrupt, no worry about EU ( he do not want EU ) and clones and buying votes and corruption will all get him where he want to Belarus did.......Then .eventually Putin will have ALL the old soviet counties under his wing....I guess in about 20 years.....because the EU will fail and these Countries will be happy to return to the flock.......

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dave Sept. 4, 2012, 4:52 p.m.    

Batkivshyna is whining and complaining, because it is already obvious that they are losers with nothing to offer Ukraine's electorate. They are going to lose the election not because of "falsifications", but because they suck. You don't hear Klichko whining and demanding help from Europe. That man is all business.

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Bill Pannell Sept. 5, 2012, 1:22 a.m.    

I sure wish all of the opposition would unite behind Klichko. Maybe the time for him to organize and march is before this election and not after when it is too late.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Sept. 4, 2012, 8:09 p.m.    

Another selfish call from a disgraced oligarch.

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cedrik Sept. 4, 2012, 10:52 p.m.    

So where does this leave the American election campaign, akin to a kindergarten badminton match?

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Bill Pannell Sept. 5, 2012, 1:23 a.m.    

We would be happy to send Romney and his band of oligarchs to the Ukraine!

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IvanovPetrovSidorov Sept. 5, 2012, 12:22 p.m.    

Apart from the political ads on Ukr TV, I don't see any of the opposition politicians doing rounds in the oblasts campaigning for votes, debating policies, requesting face-to-face debates with their opponents. All they seem to be doing is getting off on general propaganda statements and hollow promises. This is typical. They are all out of touch with the people.

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