United Opposition nominates Tymoshenko as single presidential candidate

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Dec. 7, 2012, 12:55 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Yulia Tymoshenko (pictured) has been nominated as the United Opposition's single presidential candidate. The former prime minister remains in prison, but has refused to attend recent court hearings due to poor health.

The Batkivschyna United Opposition has nominated the leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, as a single presidential candidate.

The united opposition's council approved this decision by initiative of the council's chairman, Arseniy Yatseniuk, at an extended meeting on Friday.

All members of the united opposition's council signed a relevant document.

On October 11, 2011, Pechersky District Court in Kyiv sentenced former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for overstepping her authority when signing 2009 gas contracts with Russia. She has served her sentence in Kachanivska Penal Colony in Kharkiv since late December 2011.

On May 9, 2012, Tymoshenko was transferred to Central Clinical Hospital No. 5 in Kharkiv to undergo a treatment course in line with recommendations made by doctors from the Berlin-based Charite Clinic.

Meanwhile, a court in Kharkiv is considering another criminal case against the ex-premier on the activities of the United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU) Corporation. Tymoshenko does not attend court sittings on the case. The hearing has been postponed several times due to Tymoshenko's bad health condition. The ex-premier refuses to participate in the hearing via a video conference.

Tymoshenko is also charged under other criminal cases on fraud during the procurement of ambulance cars, and another involving money received under the Kyoto Protocol.

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