Parliamentary elections without Tymoshenko would not be 'undemocratic', says Yanukovych

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June 21, 2011, 7:04 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Strasbourg, June 21 (Interfax-Ukraine) - It would be premature to claim that parliamentary elections will not be democratic if Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko does not take part in them, Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych said. "It would be premature to speculate on that. Politics must be separated from supremacy of law," Yanukovych said in Strasbourg on Thursday in answer to reporters' questions.

Crimes must not be covered by political slogans. "This is my clear position," he said.

In April the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office opened a third criminal case against Tymoshenko, this time regarding the 2009 gas contracts.

The first criminal case deals with the way the Ukrainian government spent the money it earned by selling greenhouse emission quotas under the Kyoto Protocol.

The second one concerns alleged irregularities in purchasing vehicles for rural medical establishments.

Tymoshenko has been indicted for abuse of office in both these cases.

On June 7 the Prosecutor General's Office reported that the Pechersky District Court had given Tymoshenko until June 16 to read the files of the criminal case concerning the 2009 gas contracts.

Ukrainian parliamentary elections have been scheduled for 2012.
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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 7:41 p.m.    

Elections without opposition is democratic..signed Professor Yanukovytch.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 8:54 p.m.    

Why not? Under Soviet times one party was enough for elections to be declared &quot;democratic&quot;. This is the &quot;democracy&quot; Yanukovych is dreaming about.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 8:55 p.m.    

opposition be unite,because is time to start revolution for to save ukraine ,from the dictator.........and his friends

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 9:45 p.m.    

What a joke.

The leader of the most corrupt party in Ukraine is talking about corruption with the opposition.

Isn't that kind of like complaining about the sliver in someone's eye, while you're carrying around a log?

There is nothing democratic about this leadership in Ukraine.

They have either attempted to prosecute anyone who is a threat to their power or they have already prosecuted them.

They will not allow anyone to remove them from power again.

This leadership's brutality is comparable to Lukashenko's in Belarus...and maybe even worse so I see little hope for Ukraine.

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Anonymous June 21, 2011, 11:45 p.m.    

Yanukovych can not distinguish bureaucracy from democracy:

This is a president speaking!

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Anonymous June 22, 2011, 12:53 a.m.    

The Clown is already giving signals to the European Union that Yulia will not be able to participate in the 2012 elections. The reason is that, Yanuk and the POR are going to ensure this does not happen by coming up with allegations after allegation that Yulia abuse her power in order to keep her from being a candidate. The POR knows very well that Yanuk cannot win the 2012 election against Yulia and a defeat would mean that a lot of people would lose the right to steal from the poor. A defeat could bring Yanuk, members of the POR, and the wealthy to application of the law base on corruption and complete and total abuse of power. This would also include the Clown (Yanuk).

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Anonymous June 22, 2011, 2:14 a.m.    

...but elections are always undemocratic when you're involved Mr. President.

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