RUSSIA:Putin officially nominated as presidential candidate
Laaska news Nov. 27,2011
Photo: RIA Novosti
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was officially nominated as a candidate for next year’s presidential elections in Russia in a decision that was made during the United Russia party congress in Moscow on Sunday.
Putin’s candidacy was supported by all 614 delegates from United Russia and Putin’s All-Russia People’s Front movement, Boris Gryzlov, head of the party’s Supreme Council, said earlier in the day.
“United Russia” wants Putin as president
Russia’s most influential party “United Russia” has unanimously approved Vladimir Putin, who is currently the country’s prime minister, as its candidate for presidency.
This happened at the party’s council in Moscow on Sunday.
The voting was by secret ballot, but all the 614 people present voted for Mr. Putin.
Vladimir Putin already was Russia’s president from 2000 till 2008.
The candidature of Mr. Putin has been suggested by Russia’s incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev, and Mr. Putin has agreed.
In his turn, Dmitry Medvedev has agreed to become the prime minister if Mr. Putin becomes the president. Mr. Medvedev also heads “United Russia’s” list for elections to the State Duma (the parliament’s lower house), which will take place on December 4.
The presidential elections will take place on March 4, 2012.
“United Russia” was the country’s first party to name its candidate for presidency.
Putin accepts presidential nomination
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accepted his nomination by the ruling United Russia party as its candidate in next year’s presidential elections.
Speaking at the United Party congress in Moscow on Sunday,President Dmitry Medvedev called Putin “the most popular, experienced and successful politician in Russia.”
Medvedev added that “most Russians trust Putin and pin their hopes on him.”
Putin, for his part, pledged to do more to tackle social inequality and “protect people and the future of Russia.”
“We must show more strength, efficiency and competitiveness in all sectors, something that should be Russia’s strategic priority in the next ten years,” Putin pointed out.
United Russia congress opens in Moscow
More than 1,000 journalists from Russia and abroad have gathered at the Luzhniki sports arena in Moscow to cover a congress of the country`s ruling United Russia party.
The two-hour event is being broadcast live across the nation. Russia`s President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have arrived to the congress together.
Today, United Russia is officially nominating Mr. Putin as its candidate for the 2012 presidential elections.
Earlier this week the Federation Council approved March 4 as the date for the elections. The campaigning has already started.