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All four factions of Moscow region parliament to support Shoigu as governor

April 05, 2012, 11:44 UTC+3

Earlier on Thursday, Shoigu held consultations with the factions of the regional parliament

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MOSCOW, April 5 (Itar-Tass) — All the four factions at the Moscow region legislature said they would support Sergei Shoigu as governor of the Moscow region.

"Our party has brought forward his candidacy; of course, we'll vote for him," head of the United Russia faction Ivan Zhukov said.

"A decision has been made to support Shoigu," Communist deputy Oleg Yemelyanov said.

"Our faction will support Shoigu," representative of the Liberal Democratic Party Kirill Zhigarev confirmed.

"I decision has been made to vote for the president-proposed candidate, Sergei Shoigu," head of A Just Russia faction Ivan Charyshkin stated.

Earlier on Thursday, Shoigu held consultations with the factions of the regional parliament.

The inauguration ceremony of Sergei Shoigu who has been approved as governor of the Moscow region will be held on May 11.

“Until May 11, Boris Vsevolodovich (Gromov) will perform the governor duties, and on May 11 I will replace him on the post,” Shoigu told Itar-Tass.

At least five candidates exist for the post of the minister of emergency situations, incumbent Minister of Emergency Situations Sergei Shoigu told reporters on Thursday.

Speaking on his resignation from the post of the minister of emergency situations, he noted that “it is a pity to part with the ministry.” Shoigu compared his resignation with the fact that when you raises a son or a daughter and then they get married, this is “very disappointing.”

The Moscow Regional Duma vested Shoigu with the powers of the governor in the Moscow Region on Thursday. All factions of the regional parliament (United Russia, LDPR, CPRF and A Just Russia) supported his candidacy in a secret ballot by all 46 deputies, who were present at the parliamentary meeting.

Shoigu, 56, has the rank of the Army General, he is Hero of the Russian Federation, a veteran of the Russian government: since January 1994 he held the post of the RF Minister for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters (EMERCOM).

On March 23 this year, Moscow region governor Boris Gromov, whose mandate expires in May, said that he is not going to run for the next term of office. Gromov has headed the region for 12 years.

On March 30, the United Russia party that has a majority in the Duma of the Moscow region, offered Russian President Dmitry Medvedev three candidates to the post of the head of the Moscow region. The list included first deputy head of the Moscow region government Igor Parkhomenko, head of the town of Reutov Alexander Khodyrev and Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu. On April 4, the RF president introduced Sergei Shoigu for consideration by members of the Moscow region’s Duma for vesting him with the authority of the regional governor.

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