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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tymoshenko's Bloc Charges Moroz of Reneging on Deal

The speaker of Ukraine's parliament called for an additional session on Tuesday, two months prior to the general election.

News agencies reported that Speaker Oleksander Moroz, leader of the Socialist Party allied to Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, had convened the session to review regulations governing the Sept. 30 vote.

Yanukovych, leader of the Party of Regions based in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, has been at loggerheads with pro-Western President Viktor Yushchenko for much of this year and a deal to go to the polls was meant to break the impasse.

Opposition leaders accused Moroz of reneging on the pact designed to ensure that campaigning, which starts in early August, is fair.

"Holding an extraordinary session not only poses a threat to a democratic and civilized exit from this crisis by way of elections, but also draws the attention of the international community to Ukraine," Nikolai Tomenko, deputy leader of Bloc Yulia Tymoshenko, told RIA-Novosti.

Opinion polls show that voters are likely to return a pro-Yanukovych majority, failing to break the political gridlock in Ukraine, a country of 50 million that falls under both the Russian and European spheres of influence.

Commentators say that Moroz has little interest in seeing early polls held, as opinion surveys have shown that his party could well fail to win enough votes to be returned to the Verkhovnaya Rada.