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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tymoshenko Bloc Back on the Ballot

KIEV -- Yulia Tymoshenko, a key figure in the "Orange Revolution" and an ally of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, got the go-ahead Wednesday to run in parliamentary elections, four days after being barred on a technicality.

Ukraine's Central Election Commission voted unanimously to register Tymoshenko's bloc for the Sept. 30 contest.

The early vote is intended to end months of confrontation pitting Yushchenko against Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, although opinion polls suggest little will change in terms of seats in parliament.

"All 14 members of the commission who were present voted to register the Yulia Tymoshenko bloc," a spokesman said.

The commission had disqualified the bloc on grounds that its candidates had not provided full addresses. Tymoshenko accused its members of acting at Yanukovych's behest, and thousands of her backers camped for days outside the commission offices.