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Klyuyev, Partia Shariya to run in Ukraine's snap parliamentary elections

Former ally of ex-president Yanukovych Andriy Klyuyev and the newly created political force of pro-Kremlin blogger Anatoliy Shariy would be able to run for the Verkhovna Rada - such is the decision of the Supreme Court of Ukraine
18:05, 2 July 2019

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from-ua.com

The Central Election Committee of Ukraine has registered Andriy Klyuyev, the ex-sidekick of former President Viktor Yanukovych and the former Head of National Security and Defense Council, as an MP candidate for the upcoming Parliamentary Election. The respective decision was made at the session of the CEC on Tuesday. 

Natalya Bernatska, the CEC Secretary expressed outrage at the decision of the Supreme Court, which ruled that there are no reasons for Klyuyev to be denied from the election process. According to her, the Court, in fact, made the Committee register Klyuyev.

"This situation is truly outrageous... This is what they call mate in chess", she said, claiming that the court's decision is very close to the legal nihilism. 

According to Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine, Klyuyev has not been residing in Ukraine since February 2014, and he is on the wanted list. On the other hand, the State Border Guard of Ukraine claims that the former Head of National Security and Defense Council has been absent from Ukraine for only nine days in January 2014. Thus, Klyuyev is considered to have resided in Donetsk and he has the right to run for government service. 

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Klyuyev will run in the single constituency district No.46 (Donetsk region). 

The CEC also registered Anatoliy Shariy and his party, Partia Shariya, as runners for the snap election. The CEC Secretary detested the respective decision by the Supreme Court, but the Committee had to abide by this decision.

Previously, the Committee managed to get the evidence that Klyuyev and Shariy lived outside Ukraine for the last several years. Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine and the protocol of an OSCE meeting provided these pieces of evidence. However, later the Committee found out that the Supreme Court made a decision, which made the use of this evidence impossible. "The letter from the Prosecutor General's Office is no proof. Neither is the OSCE protocol", Natalya Bernatska said. 

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"We understand that our priority should be the right of every citizen to elect the new authority and thus live up to its key right, the voting right. But how can we do this, when there are such decisions of courts. In fact, the Supreme Court made a full stop in these cases, destroying all our evidence", Bernatska concluded.

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