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CEC removes former Khakassia leader from Communist party ticket

November 16, 2011, 18:35 UTC+3
Alexei Lebed, the former regional head of Khakassia, will not run for the State Duma in the upcoming election
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MOSCOW, November 16 (Itar-Tass) — Alexei Lebed, the former regional head of Khakassia, will not run for the State Duma in the upcoming election.

On Wednesday, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) removed Alexei Lebed from the party ticket of the Communist party at Lebed’s personal request.

Earlier media report said that Alexei Lebed, the brother of late Alexander Lebed, who was a prominent politician, has health problems.

Alexei Lebed, the younger brother of a famous politician, late Gen. Alexander Lebed, is a deputy of the present State Duma. He was nominated by the United Russia party, but Lebed quit his membership in the United Russia on September 2. 2011. In the end of September Lebed was put top on a regional list of KPRF candidates from Khakassia, but Lebed did not become a KPRF member.

Alexei Lebed headed a regional group from Khakassia on the KPRF party ticket . After Lebed dropped out the other candidates were placed one step higher on the party ticket.

On Wednesday CEC removed more candidates from the party tickets of the Communist and Just Russia parties at their own request.

November 18 was proclaimed a deadline for a candidate to drop out from the election campaign. After November 18 a candidate may refuse to participate in the election campaign for very serious reasons only.

The election to the State Duma is scheduled for December 4. Seven political parties registered by the Russian Justice Ministry will take part in the election.

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