10:46 24.04.2012

Yatseniuk: Opposition cannot afford Klitschko to lose mayoral election in Kyiv

The leaders of the united opposition have said that the door to the UDAR Party led by Vitali Klitschko is open and that they can support his candidacy for the post of Kyiv mayor.

"The door is open for those who are not afraid to say that they will form a new democratic majority in the Verkhovna Rada, for those who clearly state that they will vote for the Ukrainian law on the impeachment of President [Viktor] Yanukovych, for those who will now clearly express the position that President Yanukovych should be dismissed, and for those who will say now that all crimes committed by the current regime should be investigated, and that a fair and equitable court should issue a respective ruling. I want to clearly say that the door is open," Front for Change Party leader Arseniy Yatseniuk said at a press conference on Monday, when asked whether the UDAR Party will participate in the united opposition.

"Unfortunately, we have not received a list of candidates for single-member constituencies from this party. But I hope that it will be sent to the united opposition," Yatseniuk said.

The deputy head of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov, also said that the door of the united opposition of is open to all opposition parties who want to join it.

"We hope that Vitali Klitschko will make his choice after all, and we will be only too happy if he does," he said.

At the same time, Yatseniuk commented on the question of the mayoral election in Kyiv.

"We have no right to lose the city of Kyiv to the Regions Party. The task of the united opposition is to win the mayoral election. I think that the united opposition will provide unconditional support for the opposition candidate with the best popularity rating. At the same time, it is important for us to hear what will be done in the city of Kyiv," he said.

"We cannot afford for Vitali Klitschko to lose the mayoral election. It's important for us that he wins the mayoral election, so we will support his statements that he will run for the mayoral election in Kyiv and the united opposition expresses full support for him," Yatseniuk said.

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