MOSCOW, October 12 (Itar-Tass) —— The second part of a United Russia party congress, which will nominate a presidential candidate, may be held on about November 27, the secretary of the United Russia General Council presidium Sergei Neverov told a press briefing on Wednesday.
He recalled that the congress is to be held after the date of the presidential elections is announced. The Federation Council is to set the date for the presidential elections from November 25 to December 5. “I believe that we will take a decision to this effect urgently. We are planning to hold the congress on November 27,” Neverov underlined.
On September 24, President Dmitry Medvedev, who will head the United Russia party list at the elections to the State Duma, offered at the United Russia congress to nominate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is the United Russia leader, as a presidential candidate. The presidential elections are to be held on March 4, 2012.
United Russia already stated earlier that the party may nominate officially Putin as a presidential candidate before the State Duma returns, but the concrete date of this event will depend from when the presidential election campaign is launched. The United Russia congress may be held before December 4, premier’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed. “The exact date is not set yet, but it cannot be ruled out that the second part of the United Russia congress will be held before the elections to the State Duma,” he told ITar-Tass.