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MOSCOW, August 10 (Itar-Tass) —— The new formula of the election of the head of the United Russia Central Executive Committee proves that the party continues to develop democracy and offers an efficient career lift for its personnel, United Russia General Council Deputy Secretary, State Duma Vice-Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak said on Friday.
“Twenty-five party members could take part in the contest because of its democratic terms, and the top five candidates came from regions,” he said.
“The experienced member of the party’s regional organization who now leads the Central Executive Committee will intensify the interaction with regions,” he noted. Each candidate presented a program and a vision of the party’s future. “The ideas will be summarized and evaluated, and the best will become a part of the party program. All the candidates, who have proven their active position and interest in the successful functioning of United Russia, will be included in the party personnel pool,” he said.
United Russia leader, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed to hold a contest of candidates for the head of the party Executive Committee. The contest started on July 16, and applications were accepted from July 17 through 31. The contest commission chose 25 candidates on August 1. Secretaries and heads of executive committees of the party’s regional organizations voted for the candidates from August 1 to 9, and the candidate ranking was made. The contest commission named the top five candidates on August 9, and Medvedev met them on Friday.
The top five candidates were Ulyanovsk regional domestic policy minister Dmitry Travkin, secretary of the party’s Komi organization Igor Leonov, head of the United Russia Novgorod regional organization Maxim Vladimirov, head of the party’s Chelyabinsk regional executive committee, deputy of the regional Legislative Assembly Alexander Motovilov and head of the Nizhny Novgorod regional executive committee of the party Olga Shchetinina.
Travkin was elected to the position at the meeting of the United Russia General Council Presidium.