Opposition leaders removed from parliamentary
The Central Election
Commission of Ukraine registered the party list for the United Opposition only
after removing the names of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko (number 1 on
the list) and former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko (number 4).
The fact that they both
have convictions under existing Ukrainian law proved decisive, although the
opposition were keen to press the fact that the convictions in question are the
result of direct political persecution. Referring to the legislation which
excludes candidates with prior convictions from all elections the Central
Election Commission proclaimed that they do not have authority to overrule the
Prosecutor’s office in the cases of Tymoshenko and Lutsenko.