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Yabloko leader does not consider Union of Rights Forces a democratic party


MOSKOVSKY (the Moscow region), July 3 (RIA Novosti) - Leader of the Yabloko Party Grigory Yavlinsky said that his party would not form a coalition with the Union of Right Forces (SPS).

"We do not consider the SPS a democratic party. They have always been financed by big businessmen and supported the authorities," Yavlinsky said at a news briefing Sunday.

Yabloko has held a two-day federal council to outline its pre-election strategy.

Yavlinsky said that regional coalitions with the SPS unlike coalitions with other parties were a failure.

Yabloko will remain an opposition party but will draft a new constructive program to form a democratic coalition, he added.

Yabloko did not back independent parliamentarian Vladimir Ryzhkov's proposal to form a new party to correct previous mistakes.

"I do not understand why 85,000 Yabloko members should quit Yabloko to join some unknown structure," Yavlinsky said.

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