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Ukrainian Gov't to Ban Communist Party 07/24 06:12

   A court in Kiev is holding a hearing on the government's request to ban the 
Communist Party of Ukraine.

   KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A court in Kiev is holding a hearing on the 
government's request to ban the Communist Party of Ukraine.

   The Justice Ministry says the party should be banned because it has 
supported pro-Russian rebels fighting government forces in the country's east.

   In legal proceedings filed July 8, the ministry accused the party of helping 
provide support, including money and weapons, and of backing disputed 
independence referendums in eastern regions.

   The hearing opened Thursday as the parliament speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, 
declared the Communist group in parliament dissolved because its original 
membership fell below the threshold for forming a separate faction. A law 
passed Tuesday gives him authority to do that.

   Communist delegation head Petr Symonenko said the move "trampled on the 
will" of those who voted for the party.


(KA)


 
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