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Zhirinovsky to lead his Party in 26 regional elections

September 21, 2011, 17:51 UTC+3

Zhirinovsky will also be on top of the LDPR's list in the elections to the State Duma

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MOSCOW, September 21 (Itar-Tass) — Leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky will lead the Party's lists at the elections to legislative assemblies in 26 Russian regions, timed with the December 4 federal parliamentary elections, leader of the LDPR faction at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament Igor Lebedev said on Wednesday.

Ingushetia is the only exception, Lebedev said.

Zhirinovsky will also be on top of the LDPR's list in the elections to the State Duma.

On Wednesday, the Central Election Commission endorsed the LDPR's election list. It comprises 312 candidates divided into 82 regional groups.

The federal part of the list comprises 10 persons. Zhirinovsky is first, followed by lawmaker Alexei Ostrovsky and Zhirinovsky's son, lawmaker Igor Lebedev.

The mass media covered the Party's decision to put on the list Valery Budanov, the son of Colonel Yuri Budanov gunned down in Moscow earlier this year.

Valery Budanov is number one in a Moscow regional group.

Also on Wednesday, the CEC registered the Party's authorized representatives and the agents for financial issues, and also permitted it to open a special election account.

The LDPR held its Congress on September 13. Late last Friday, it submitted the documents for endorsing the list.

The LDPR is the third party that completed the endorsement procedure. Earlier this week, the CEC endorsed the lists submitted by the Yabloko and Patriots of Russia parties. CEC secretary Nikolai Konkin said after endorsement, a party cannot amend the list, replace candidates or move them to other regional groups.

In an interview to Itar-Tass, head of the LDPR faction at the State Duma Igor Lebedev confirmed that the Party aimed at a high result at the upcoming parliamentary elections. "Twenty-five percent would be a good result," Lebedev said.

Zhirinovsky talked about his ambitious plans to "form the youngest faction in the whole Europe."

Another priority is to form a new format of world relations. The LDPR calls for reviving Russian national consciousness, lending the Russian people the status of state-building nation and restoring Russia’s status as a great power.

Among the LDPR's election slogans are establishing state monopoly on power generation, oil and gas, alcohol and sugar, as well as tough state and public control over the oligarchs' assets.

The LDPR seeks to shut down pornographic websites on the Internet and cancel entrance examinations to colleges. Liberal Democrats hold that the Single State Examination System is a failure and suggest enrolling all applicants to colleges, leaving all those who really wish to study after the first term.

Zhirinovsky also reiterated his plans to run for president at the March 2012 polls.

"I'll certainly run," he told reporters on the sidelines of the LDPR Congress.

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