Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev and head of Mejlis of Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov will run for Ukrainian MP from Bloc of Petro Poroshenko party, the leader of the party Yuriy Lutsenko announced.
According to Lutsenko, Crimean Tatar leaders have urged the leaders of “former Euromaidan parties” to include at least one representative of Mejlis in their parties, adding “there will be 2 [Mejlis representatives] in our party: they are Mustafa Jemilev and Refat Chubarov”.
Early Parliament elections in Ukraine are scheduled for October 26. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had pressed for early parliamentary elections since his victory in the May 2014 presidential elections.
In his accompanying television address, he said the elections were necessary to "purify the Rada of the mainstay of [former president] Viktor Yanukovych".
Poroshenko also said that these Rada deputies were responsible for "the [January 2014] Dictatorship laws that took the lives of the Heavenly hundred" and stated that many of the (then) current MPs were "direct sponsors and accomplices or at least sympathizers of militants-separatists".