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Tymoshenko's Party Ousts 1,500 Members In Lustration

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko

Ukraine's Batkivshchyna party has kicked out hundreds of members from its ranks as part of the country's lustration campaign.

The party's leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, told the ICTV television channel on September 12 that 1,518 members of her party had been expelled after their "dishonest" activities were revealed during implementation of the lustration law.

According to Tymoshenko, checks revealed that some individuals representing her party in Ukraine's parliament and regional power structures "dishonestly" voted for "illegal" land distribution and state budget allocations during the last 2 1/2 years.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed the lustration bill into law on October 9.

Under the law, up to 1 million public servants, including cabinet ministers, will be screened for loyalty to root out the corrupt practices associated with the administration of former President Viktor Yanukovych.

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