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MOSCOW, March 27 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said the Moscow region must be led by a person "with a good working experience, professional and successful."
"I'm sure we'll find a good person; everything will be in order. Moscow region is a very important and large region; I live in the Moscow region /where the Gorki residence is located/; I'm not indifferent to the issue," the head of state said at a news conference on Tuesday.
"I'm confident that when making a decision, the professional qualities of a person capable of taking the post of such a large federation member must be analyzed," Medvedev said, "it must be a person with a good working experience, a professional and successful person; otherwise it will be impossible to present him to the residents of the Moscow region and members of the legislative assembly for approval."
Earlier, incumbent Moscow region governor Boris Gromov said he would not seek another term in office. "My tenure expires in May; I've performed these high duties for 12 years and believe it is enough," he said.
Medvedev said there are no "outgoing candidates" among the governors at present. Any governor who has not tendered his or her resignation and has not been relieved of his or her duties by the president is believed to be law-abiding and successful.
The president called for not paying excessive attention to the situation in connection with the stepping down of some governors, whose term in office was expiring.
"If the tenure expires he /the governor/ might be replaced by another person," Medvedev said.
It is necessary to keep within the framework of the effective legal fold. "The old rules will apply until the law on the new procedure to elect governors becomes effective; if the tenure expires, I bring forward a candidate; I cannot say 'let's wait for the new law.'
Medvedev reminded that in certain cases governors' resignations had been associated with poor results of United Russia at the parliamentary election in December 2011. United Russia and Vladimir Putin performed well at the election; excellently by European standards.
He noted that the president retained the authority to relieve the governor of his or her duties before the expiration of the term in office and that the president would keep that authority.