MOSCOW, March 19 (Itar-Tass) —— The faction of United Russia is most likely to support the candidature of Dmitry Medvedev for the position of prime minister, if the candidature is presented to the State Duma, Speaker of the lower house of the parliament Sergei Naryshkin told reporters on Monday.
“I can say with high probability that the faction of United Russia is likely to support the suggestion,” he said adding that he as a deputy would support this suggestion from Vladimir Putin “if it is presented to the State Duma.”
The politician said that in compliance with the Constitution, the State Duma makes a decision on a candidature of prime minister.
“This is an important constitution authority,” he said.
Commenting on the statement made by Sergei Mironov of A Just Russia, where he had spoken against the candidature of Medvedev, Naryshkin said that “every deputy has a right to have his or her own point of view and a right to express it publicly.”
“I cannot forecast decisions of the parliamentary factions. It would be decisions of the factions, which they will make following consultations, on the basis of due discussions,” he concluded.
Earlier Sergei Mironov, leader of A Just Russia, said he did not doubt Dmitry Medvedev would become new prime minister. However, he stressed he was against the candidature as in his opinion this change “is not the best form from the point of view of democracy.” “As yet, this is only my point of view. The faction has not discussed the issue as yet,” he said. Mironov did not rule out his position “may remain in minority.”