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MOSCOW, December 14 (Itar-Tass) — United Russia is not surprised at the decision of the Irkutsk Region’s Governor Dmitry Mezentsev to run for presidency.
“Dmitry Mezentsev is not a member of our party; he has always been a public politician and his decision about self-nomination for a candidate for presidency is not surprising,” First Deputy Secretary of the General Council’s Presidium of United Russia Sergei Zheleznyak said on Wednesday.
“A desire of well-known public persons to nominate themselves for the presidential rush is logic and confirms the democratic character of the existing election legislation,” he said. As for Mezentsev, the participation in the presidential election campaign will become for him “important political experience.”
“It is evident, that of all candidates for presidency, only the candidate of United Russia, Vladimir Putin, is able to unite the country for overcoming crisis phenomena and for stable development in the interests of our citizens,” he said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Dmitry Mezentsev accepted a suggestion of an RZD initiative group to run for presidency as a self-nominated candidate. He was appointed governor in 2009 at the suggestion of United Russia.