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Activist urges Opposition to select single candidate in Moscow mayoral election

June 05, 2013, 15:37 UTC+3

The date of the KSO session where the Opposition might decide on a possible candidate has not been set yet

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MOSCOW, June 5 (Itar-Tass) - RPR-PARNAS co-chairman Boris Nemtsov said the Coordinating Council of the Opposition /KSO/should name a single candidate in case Moscow has an early mayoral election.

"That two KSK members - Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov - announced their intention to be candidates is a bad turn; we'll look into it. The Opposition needs a single candidate. It is only with a single candidate that we can make it to the second round," Nemtsov said.

He downplayed the reports that Yabloko chairman Sergei Mitrokhin intends to compete for the post of mayor. Nemtsov made it clear he was skeptical about Mitrokhin's opposing the authorities, reminding that he "used to support /former Moscow mayor/ Yuri Luzhkov.

Earlier, RPR-PARNAS co-chairman Vladimir Ryzhkov stated that the Party would name its candidate because there would be no single candidate. "The Party will nominate a candidate if he represents the consolidated opposition, the real opposition," his colleague Boris Nemtsov elaborated on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, there is no consensus in the KSO regarding a single candidate. For example, KSO member Sergei Parkhomenko supports blogger Alexei Navalny. Another KSO member, presenter Ksenia Sobchak said "a single candidate is necessary," but that the relevant decision should come as consensus.

The polled KSO members pointed out that the Opposition candidate, regardless of his or her personality, would find himself in a difficult situation because of administrative leverage and a short election campaign which will last just there months. In Parkhomenko's view, the participation in the campaign will have a large political significance.

The date of the KSO session where the Opposition might decide on a possible candidate in Moscow's mayoral election has not been set yet.

On Tuesday, Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin supported the idea to hold direct mayoral election and said he would ask the president to give his approval to the election later this year. Sobyanin did not say at the city Public Chamber meeting on Tuesday if he himself would run. To be able to participate, he has to resign and secure the president's consent.


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