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Russia:Putin to run for Russian president in 2012

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 24,2011

MOSCOW, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that he will run for president in 2012.

He announced the long-awaited decision after President Dmitry Medvedev proposed Putin run for the top post at the ruling United Russia party’s annual congress.

Putin, who currently serves as prime minister, said he was honored by the proposal from Medvedev and decided to accept it.

Putin also said he was confident that Medvedev would become prime minister after the 2012 election and the ruling party would win in the parliamentary elections in December.

“I am sure that United Russia will win and Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev will be able to build a new, efficient and young team and lead the government so as to continue modernization of all aspects of our lives,” Putin was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying at the two-day congress, which began Friday in Moscow’s Luzhniki sport complex.

Medvedev asked the ruling party to support Putin’s candidacy in the upcoming presidential elections.

“I believe it would be right if the congress support party leader Vladimir Putin’s candidacy for president,” he said.

Meanwhile, Medvedev agreed to head the ruling party’s list for the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections.

The president also said he and Putin have “agreed long ago on who will do what following elections,” adding that he was prepared to do some practical work in the government and continue modernization of the national economy.

Putin was president from 2000 to 2008 for two consecutive terms. Both Putin and Medvedev have indicated that one of them, but not both, will run in the 2012 presidential election.

Laaska News.