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MOSCOW, December 22 (Itar-Tass) — Russian president’s aide Arkady Dvorkovich said on Thursday that the new principle of gubernatorial elections may begin functioning already next year.
“The role of parties in nominating candidates will be the main one, this is hundred percent sure, but we cannot give other details so far,” Dvorkovich said. He added that consultations are now in progress with United Russia and other parties, and “the mechanism of nomination is being finalized”. He also stressed that “the voting on candidates will be popular”.