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Ukraine's Tymoshenko rules out early parliamentary elections

RIA Novosti


KIEV, January 23 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymosenko, who is one of the two candidates for the country's presidential post, said on Saturday no matter who won the second round of presidential polls due in early February, there would be no early parliamentary elections in the country, the Ukrainian Unian news agency said.

The first round of the presidential vote, won by opposition leader Viktor Yanukovych, took place in the former Soviet state on January 17. Tymoshenko is second, with the gap between the two contenders just above 10%. Ukrainians will choose between Yanukovych and Tymoshenko in a runoff election on February 7.

In line with Ukrainian laws, parliamentary elections should take place in the country in 2012. However, many analysts say a new president may announce early parliamentary elections.

"Certainly, nobody will announce early [parliamentary] elections," the news agency quoted Tymoshenko as saying.

She said the Party of Regions, headed by her rival Yanukovych, was trying to corrupt democratic candidates, who lost the elections, in order to secure Yanukovych's victory in the second round.

"They have corrupted some democrats, and not only with concrete things, but also with promises that they would hold early parliamentary elections in 2010, and those who are now quitting politics, would get a seat in the parliament," Tymoshenko said.

Speaking on air of the Inter television channel on Friday, Ukrainian incumbent President Viktor Yushchenko, who lost the January 17 polls with slightly more than 5% of the vote, expressed confidence that early parliamentary elections would take place in the country in any case. He said he would support the polls.

Yushchenko earlier warned that democracy in Ukraine would be under threat no matter who came to power, Yanukovych or Tymoshenko.

Ukrainian ex-National Bank head Sergey Tigipko, who came third in the first round of the presidential elections, has also called for the early parliamentary polls.