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Ukrainian opposition wants early elections

Ukrainian opposition wants early elections
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. File photo. (UPI Photo/Sergey Starostenko) | License Photo

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- An opposition leader in Ukraine said there would be a move to dissolve Parliament and head toward early elections.

Oleksandr Turchynov, first deputy direct of the opposition All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland," said the group was introducing a draft resolution to dissolve the Ukrainian Parliament.

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In statements posted on the Web site of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Turchynov said the Ukrainian people don't need a Parliament that simply follows orders from the president and "panders to political persecution."

Tymoshenko is on trial for embezzlement in connection to fallout from a 2009 gas deal she helped broker with Russian energy company Gazprom. She's already been sentenced to seven years in prison for abuse of office for her role in the deal. Her Western supporters said the charges were politically motivated.

"Every day they are in power is too dangerous for the country," Turchynov said of the current government. "I am confident that while this initiative certain won't be supported by the pro-presidential majority, it will be supported by the citizens of Ukraine."

A spokeswoman for Europe's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was quoted by the BBC as saying a decision to delay a visit to Brussels by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was to let Kiev know it needed "to make progress in ensuring the rule of law and independence of judiciary."

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Tymoshenko lost narrowly to Yanukovych in 2010 elections.

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