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    The Communist Party of Ukraine will take part in the early parliamentary elections, which may take place in the fall, despite the pressure from the state authorities, the party's leader Petro Symonenko told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti) - The Communist Party of Ukraine will take part in the early parliamentary elections, which may take place in the fall, despite the pressure from the state authorities, the party's leader Petro Symonenko told RIA Novosti in an interview.

    "Yes, certainly," Symonenko said.

    Asked whether his party could be banned before the elections, forcing him to change its name and re-register, he said, "Let's wait for this ban. In any case, we will gather together, make a decision to act adequately."

    Ukrainian parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov announced Wednesday that the Communist Party, which holds 23 seats in the Verkhovna Rada, would be dissolved on Thursday.

    The announcement follows Tuesday changes to the Verkhovna Rada’s rules, allowing the speaker of the house to dissolve the Communist party.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said several times Ukraine needed snap parliamentary elections, which may take place in October.

    Andriy Kozhemyakin, a lawmaker from the Batkivshchyna party, said earlier this month he had information that Poroshenko intended to dissolve the current parliament at the end of August.

    In early May, Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko stated that if he were the head of state, he "would immediately call back all the troops" from the east of Ukraine, calling special operations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions "war against the people."

    Following the remarks, Ukraine's Justice Ministry filed a court case on banning the party for its allegedly unconstitutional activity, support of independence supporters in the eastern regions and calls to alter Ukraine's territorial integrity.

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