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Putin’s election headquarters to base on All-Russian Popular Front

December 08, 2011, 12:15 UTC+3

He added that State Duma seats must be taken by those who emerged the winners in fair struggle

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MOSCOW, December 8 (Itar-Tass) —— Election headquarters of presidential candidate Vladimir Putin will be organised on the basis of the All-Russian Popular Front.

The prime minister offered the chairing role in the headquarters to head of the Mosfilm Concern Stanislav Govorukhin.

“During the presidential election campaign, there will be certain structures: headquarters of candidates for presidency in the Russian Federation,” Putin told a meeting of the Federal coordination council of the Front. “Until now, they have been technological, administrative structures.”

“Thus, I would like to voice a suggestion: i would like the headquarters of your humble servant were not a technical, administrative structure, but i would like it to be of an open character,” the prime minister said.

Putin added that if the participants in the movement do not object, he would like to organise the headquarters “on the basis of the All-Russian Popular Front, on the basis of the organisation which is above parties and which unites most different people, with most different political views, but who share common basic values of development of this country.”

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has asked non-affiliated winners in the elections of the 6th State Duma on the United Russia ticket not to cede their seats to party functionaries.

“We have already seen what is happening in some regions, there where United Russia functionaries failed qualify, but Popular Front representatives succeeded. Already now these are being persuaded to cede their mandates to United Russia functionaries,” Putin said at a meeting of the federal coordinating council of the All-Russia Popular Front.

Putin said that he had a very “nice and warm” feeling towards the United Russia party.

“But I am asking you, those candidates who won, not to succumb to pressures,” Putin said. “Not to hand in any mandates.”

He added that State Duma seats must be taken by those who emerged the winners in fair struggle.


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