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ITAR-TASS, July 3, 2004

YABLOKO calls for a single list of democratic candidates in the elections.

By Taisia Nikitineko
MOSCOW, July 3 (Itar-Tass) -- The YABLOKO party has called for a single democratic list of candidates in the next Duma elections.

YABLOKO leader Grigory Yavlinsky told journalists during a break in the party's congress on Saturday that this would be one of his priorities for the near future. The party is negotiating this issue with a broad range of organisations and parties, he said.

"We are doing everything possible to ensure that we have a list of united democrats in the next elections," Yavlinsky said. At the same time, he noted that there could be no alliance with the
Union of Right-Wing Forces (SPS). In his view, one of YABLOKO's main mistakes was that "the party did not distance itself from SPS energetically and decisively".

However, Yavlinsky named former SPS leaders Boris Nemtsov and Irina Khakamada among potential allies, as well as Vladimir Kara-Murza and Vladimir Fyodotov.

Yavlinsky also noted that YABLOKO could not have anything in common with parties that "have not distanced themselves from the Stalin-Leninist system".


See also:

the 12th congress of YABLOKO

ITAR-TASS, July 3, 2004

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