Tymoshenko to "symbolically lead" opposition in electionsSource: Beta
KIEV -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will be the symbolic head of the largest opposition coalition in parliamentary elections in Ukraine.
These elections are scheduled for October.
The official election campaign began on Monday, and Tymoshenko, who is serving a prison sentence, will top the coalition list of her party and that of former speaker of parliament Arseny Yachenyuk. The Party of Regions, led by Viktor Yanukovych, is expected to the announce its list of candidates.
The parliamentary elections are the first to be held in Ukraine since in 2010, when President Viktor Yanukovych was elected.
According to the AFP agency, the October elections will be closely monitored by western countries, with which Ukraine has a strained relationship due to the incarceration of Yulia Tymoshenko.
The former Ukrainian premier is serving seven years in prison for abuse of authority when concluding a contract with Russian oil giant Gazprom. The European Union and the United States said that the case against Tymoshenko was political in nature and demanded her release.
According to the website Korrespondent.net, due to the fact she is an inmate, Tymoshenko is not eligible to participate in the elections, and neither is her former interior minister, Yuri Lucenko. For this reason, the west "could bring into question the legitimacy of the elections", according to reports.