The People's Self-Defense public movement will choose in September, after the Verkhovna Rada vacations, a candidacy it is going to support at the presidential election, the movement's deputy leader, parliamentary deputy of the Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense bloc faction, Kateryna Lukianova has told journalists.

"We haven't decided on a candidacy People's Self-Defense we'll be supporting," she said.

Lukianova explains reluctance to nominate its candidate with that the movement does not want to scatter voters' attention to a big number of runners.

"Most likely, we'll have no own candidate. We see it unnecessary to scatter more what we're having for today," she said.

The MP stressed herewith, People's Self-Defense would select anyone but leader of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, former transport and communications minister Yosyp Vinskyi stands for uniting of ex-chief executive of the National Bank Serhii Tihipko, Verkhovna Rada deputies Arsenii Yatseniuk, Anatolii Hrytsenko (both from the Our Ukraine - People's Self-Defense bloc faction) and Inna Bohoslovska (non-partisan) to nominate a single candidate for the presidential elections.

Leader of the Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovych, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, MP Arsenii Yatseniuk, Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Volodymyr Lytvyn, incumbent President Viktor Yuschenko, Serhii Tihipko, leader of the Communist Party Petro Symonenko, MP Anatolii Hrytsenko, former presidential guard Mykola Melnychenko, Kyiv major Leonid Chernovetskyi announced their intention to run for president, Kyiv Post reported.

Interior Minister Yurii Lutsenko is leader of the People's Self-Defense public movement.

In April, Lutsenko said he had no plans to run for president.

Later on he announced his intention to support the candidacy of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at the presidential elections.


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