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No sense to talk of Duma election results revision - Putin

December 27, 2011, 15:08 UTC+3

“Elections to the Duma are over. All the parliamentary factions have started work,” said the prime minister

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MOSCOW, December 27 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin believes that it is meaningless to talk of the revision of the State Duma election results. He expressed this view at a meeting of the National Headquarters and the Federal Coordination Council of the All-Russia Peoples’s Front (ONF).

“Elections to the Duma are over. All the parliamentary factions have started work,” said the prime minister, adding that the speaker has been elected and the Duma is functioning. “Any talks of some revision are impossible,” the government head said. According to him, there is only one procedure established by law – turning to court. “And there, indeed, if there are any violations, the court must consider and make an objective decision on the matter and respond appropriately,” Putin concluded.

All-Russia People’s Front is a movement in Russia that was created by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in order to provide United Russia with “new ideas, new suggestions and new face.” This “front” will be a coalition between the ruling party and numerous non-United Russia nongovernmental organisations.

At a meeting of United Russia on May 6, 2011, Prime Minister Putin called for the creation of a “broad popular front [of] like-minded political forces” to participate in the Duma election, including United Russia and other political parties, business associations, trade unions, and youth, women’s and veterans’ organisations. United Russia’s party list would include non-party candidates nominated by these various organisations, he stated. Following Putin’s speech, a headquarters and regional branches, leadership, and a website were quickly set up. Until the popular front works out a five-year plan for the development of Russia to serve as its program, the front is urging both individuals and groups that care about the “fate” and “victory” of Russia and want “access to participation in power” to fill out an application on the website of Prime Minister Putin. Putin’s aides have stated that he is the “informal head” of the popular front, but deputy prime minister and chief of government staff Vyacheslav Volodin has been named the head of the popular front headquarters.


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