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MOSCOW, May 26 (Itar-Tass) — The United Russia congress should give a new jab in the arm to the development of this political force. This opinion was expressed on Saturday by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev whose candidacy was proposed to the post of party chairman.
In the premier’s opinion, this will lead to a situation when the party “will improve itself and will change society”.
Medvedev believes that United Russia “should strengthen principles of openness and retroactive contacts”. “Our congress is being held at a responsible period,” he noted, explaining that it is “characteristic of high civil activity, a desire of people to participate in settling tasks facing the state”.
The premier also noted that following the approval of the law on liberalization of parties’ registration, new political forces will appear in the country. More, direct gubernatorial elections will be staged in some regions of the Russian Federation this autumn. “These are positive trends,” Medvedev said, calling this consolidation of democratic principles.
The premier emphasized at the same time that “past successes in politics are no guarantee for future victories”. “The party faces new challenges,” he is convinced.
In this connection the premier underlined that United Russia should not roll back. “We have no right to loose either in deeds, or in publicity work,” he stated. “We should not make excuses, but should attack,” Medvedev emphasized.
The party leader is convinced that United Russia work should be completely open. “Let us say frank, we have not mastered this art quite fully; we should learn to say what we have done,” he continued, explaining that he means not lauding some achievements, but full-fledged enlightenment work.
“Not a single political force can avail itself without this work” Medvedev is convinced. “Any juggling and sheer lies against our party are easily refuted by specific facts and examples.
Medvedev is convinced that United Party should become more creative. “There is quite a number of development studies on this point, there should be a desire to use them,” he noted. “There must be such a desire if we want to see our party not only more modern, but also more active and vigorous.”
“We cannot imagine United Russia as a standard machine for voting thanks to our traditions, thanks to our political culture and thanks to a lot of other reasons. Such a party will fail to score success in Russia,” he stressed.