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MOSCOW, November 26 (Itar-Tass) — Russia is unlikely to have a two-party system, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday in an interview with the AFP (Agence France-Press) news agency and the Le Figaro newspaper ahead of his visit to Paris.
“I think we are unlikely to have a two-party system in the next few years to come,” he said. “In any way, our political, our party system is much closer to the European system, including the one in France, which have much more parties.” Various political alliances are to emerge, in his words. “It is quite normal, and as a matter of fact, this is the authorities’ response to the changing situation around civil society, to the social demand, to people’s position,” he noted.
In the past years, he said, Russia’s political structure has changed dramatically. “Now we have a system where governors are elected through direct voting and the multi-party system is back,” he noted. “As many as 25 parties took part in the last local elections in October. More to it, we have several dozens registration applications, I think, even more – about a hundred such applications from new parties. And, of course, they will be established.”