Yulia Tymoshenko: presidential nomination is a great honor and responsibility

10:51, 13 March 2013
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Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says she is ready to run for president in the next elections in Ukraine, according to an Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

"On December 7, 2012 the united opposition announced that it is backing me as the only candidate from the opposition in the next presidential elections. For me this is a great honor and serious responsibility. Of course there are major obstacles. But I always resisted those who tried to distract me from my goals and my dreams of Ukraine’s future," Yulia Tymoshenko said in an interview with Le Temps.

The ex-premier hopes the European Court of Human Rights will deliver a just ruling in her case. "I hope the European Court of Human Rights, that will soon make a decision regarding the legality of my trial, will give me the opportunity to be judged not by judges bribed by the government, but the people, who should have the right to express their opinion about be as a politician and my party in free and fair elections. Thanks to international pressure, support of the Ukrainian diaspora and active democratic forces in our country the authorities haven’t been able to destroy me politically. I’m still alive," she said.

"The president and his cronies know very well that I can change the situation in our country and gather the forces that will oppose the establishment of a dictatorship in Ukraine. The repression that I and others who stand up for freedom have been subjected to is related to the fact that we’re fighting against their cannibal logic towards Ukraine, their corruption and manipulation of the law, their lies and fraud. But the main problem is not my personal case or my associates. The real problem is that Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries are returning to dictatorship. We need decisive actions by the democratic world to resist these tendencies. A relentless struggle against corruption can be the beginning of the end of these neodictators that thrive in young and fragile democracies," added Yulia Tymoshenko.

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