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Yavlinsky: Yabloko can't cooperate with Chubais and Kiriyenko

December 23, 2002

MOSCOW. Dec 23 (Interfax) - Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky has named the politicians who, in his opinion, have no role to play in the democratic coalition.

"These are members of the Union of Right-Wing Forces, people we cannot cooperate with on a matter of principle, such as Anatoly Chubais and Sergei Kiriyenko," Yavlinsky said at a press conference at the Interfax central office on Monday.

However, "cooperation with Irina Khakamada and, to a large extent, with Boris Nemtsov is quite acceptable" for Yabloko, he noted.

The Yabloko Federal Council, which convened in Moscow Region on Sunday, had not considered the possible forms of a coalition for the future parliamentary election,s Yavlinsky said. It did not rule out, however, a coalition with a political organization, "up to a joint list of candidates," and a coalition with a non-political organization.

At the same time, the Yabloko leader opposed any exaggeration of coalition ideas. He said that he felt like a runner asked which runners on the other track is his ally.

"Everyone takes their own track, and the election starts. Everyone is running their own distance and wants to be first. We will think about unification when we get into the Duma," Yavlinsky added.

See also:
State Duma elections, 2003

Interfax, December 23, 2002

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