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Ukraine's Communist Deputies To Appeal Dissolution

Members of the Ukrainian Communist Party's parliamentary faction say they will file a court appeal against the parliament speaker's decision to dissolve their faction.

Communist lawmaker Olha Levchenko said after speaker Oleksandr Turchynov announced he was dissolving the Communist faction in parliament that the decision will be appealed at Ukraine's Supreme Court and, if necessary, with European courts.

On July 22, President Petro Poroshenko signed into law changes that allow the speaker to dissolve a parliamentary faction with fewer members than it had when it was formed at the first session of parliament.

Several members of the Ukrainian Communist Party’s parliamentary faction have quit recently, reducing its size in parliament by about one-third.

Communist deputies will still be present in parliament but without a faction.

Meanwhile, the Kyiv District Administrative Court is expected on July 24 to start hearings on the banning of Ukraine's Communist Party.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

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