President urges nation to make `wise choice`

16:39, 25 September 2007
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"I will accept any choice you make”, he said

President Victor Yushchenko attended a ceremony in Sumy on Tuesday to inaugurate an Olympic training center of the Ukrainian Banking Academy of the National Bank of Ukraine, according to the President`s press-office.  He said in a speech he was convinced Ukraine’s democratic forces would make their country prosperous. “I am deeply convinced that Ukraine’s future can be written and ensured only by the democratic forces,” he said, urging the Sumy community to come to the polls on Sunday and make a wise choice. “Ukrainian democracy is reviving today, so be loyal to your will.”

“I will never tell you who to support because I am the president of the free state and you are – and this is the most important thing – Ukraine’s free citizens. This is your choice and you are to decide for whom to vote. This is your right to elect this or that political force. I believe in this right, I trust this right and I will accept any choice you make.”

Yushchenko said this week’s parliamentary election was a “chance for our country to change life for the better” but called on the nation to learn a lesson from the country’s recent history. He said the strength of Ukrainians lay in their unity to preserve Ukraine’s integrity and promote the rule of law.

The president then urged the democrats to unite: “Stand together under one wing. Democracy has always lost alone. It is sad that somebody’s ambitions can outweigh solidarity.”

“Care for the democratic movement. Politics is not something remote. It is what can interfere with your daily life with pension benefits, salaries, stolen words, lies and corruption. Non-democracy deprives the nation of energy and opportunities, especially economic and social chances,” he said to the city`s residents.   

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