STAVROPOL, May 5 (Itar-Tass) —— At the post of the governor in the Stavropol Territory Valery Zerenkov intends primarily to solve acute social problems and consolidate the society. He told deputies of the territorial legislature, which vested him with the powers of governor on Saturday, that his service record makes about 48 years on the Stavropol soil.
“I as no one else realize the importance of our territory for Russia and the problems, which should be solved today,” Zerenkov said.
The territory abundant with the natural resources cannot be distinguished of a high living level of local residents. The historically multinational territory permanently experiences the influence of those, who want to play the interethnic card. People are frequently dissatisfied with the work of local authorities that stir up corruption scandals and go on hunger strikes. “All this should be overcome and left in the past,” Zerenkov believes.
“I consider as my top priority a higher life quality of Stavropol fellow countrymen and a high level of social development,” he said. Speaking on the need to consolidate the society, Zerenkov noted, “Only in close cooperation with all political forces, authorities and deputies it is possible to overcome these difficulties and reach new levels of development.” “I am ready to cooperate with all those, who are interested in the development of the territory,” he noted.
Zerenkov recalled that this year the Stavropol soil celebrates the 210th anniversary of Caucasian province, for which the Stavropol Territory is the successor. “All those, who are ready to use their efforts, experience, knowledge, should be consolidated to make the present times worthy for the Stavropol Territory,” Zerenkov noted. “Only like-minded persons can spin the wheel of history in the right direction,” he remarked. “I am ready to take all the efforts so that the territory, where my ancestors lived and where my children and grandchildren live, will become richer and happier,” Zerenkov said.
The Duma of the Stavropol Territory voted unanimously for Valery Zerenkov as governor in an open ballot. The newly approved governor has taken a solemn oath. The gubernatorial symbols of power – the badge and the standard – were presented to him.
On May 4, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev nominated the candidacy of acting governor Valery Zerenkov for the voting in the Duma of the Stavropol Territory. The president has made a choice from three candidates, which United Russia offered to him for consideration.
On May 2, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accepted the resignation of the previous governor of the Stavropol Territory Valery Gayevsky on his own volition over his application for the early termination of powers.