Tymoshenko's bloc faction satisfied with adopted election law

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Nov. 18, 2011, 11:54 a.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Opposition lawmakers surround the tribune in Ukraine's parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Ukrainian lawmakers have rejected one of the proposed amendments that could allow the release of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko, the country's top opposition leader was sentenced to seven years in jail last month for abusing office while negotiating a gas supply deal with Russia in 2009.
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MP Serhiy Mischenko of the BYT-Batkivschyna faction has said that his faction chose the lesser of two evils when it decided to vote for the bill on parliamentary elections in Ukraine. "We have chosen the lesser of the two evils…" he told reporters in Kyiv on Thursday.

According to him, had the lawmakers of the opposition factions refused to take part in the vote, a bill drafted by MP Oleksandr Yefremov of the Party of Regions faction would have been put to a vote, which has legal loopholes allowing election fraud.

Mischenko stressed that the law passed by the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday eliminates the possibility of rigging the election returns in 2012.

The law also takes into account 17 proposals by the opposition, MP Serhiy Podhorny of the BYT-Batkivschyna faction said.

"The opposition has gained a victory today," he said.
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