Ukrainian Communist leader Symonenko not planning to leave country
Ukrainian Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko is not planning to leave the country.
The Communist Party press service quoted Symonenko as saying at a press conference on Tuesday that he would live in Ukraine and would not go anywhere. "This goes without saying, as, while I am in the country now and have not left anywhere, I am not going to go anywhere after this," Symonenko said.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday that the Ukrainian Communist Party's future should be decided not by a court but by the Ukrainian people.
"Since we are a European state sharing European values, the Communist Party of Ukraine should be left in the past not by a presidential decree, not by a Verkhovna Rada resolution, and not even by a court ruling. This can happen after the Ukrainian people hand down the definitive sentence on the Communists," he said.
The Communist Party "has no right to remain in Ukraine's political firmament for the crimes it committed both in the past and in the present," he said.
"The Communist Party has been present in Ukrainian parliament uninterrupted for 96 years. And if we had to dissolve the parliament for this alone, this was worth doing," Poroshenko said.
Preliminary results of the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine indicate that the Communist Party has not garnered enough vote to qualify for the Verkhovna Rada.