MOSCOW, March 25 (Itar-Tass) – Vladimir Zhirinovsky has been once again nominated for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) at the 26th party congress that takes place in Moscow on Monday.
Upon the decision of the LDPR Supreme Council, Zhirinovsky is the only candidacy. In other words, his name will be the only one on the ballot paper for secret vote on Monday.
It has been decided to expand the Supreme Council of the party from seven to eleven people. The results of the secret ballot will be made known in the afternoon.
Earlier today Vladimir Zhirinovsky has made it clear that he has no plans to quit his post before 2017.
“I will not object if a new chairman emerges at the next congress at the end of 2016, while I will assume the leadership of the faction,” Zhirinovsky said in his speech at the 26th congress of the party.
“I will be with the LDPR eternally, forever,” he stressed, and added referring to self-exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky who died at his home in Britain on Saturday in unclear circumstances that “unlike Berezovsky he has the reason to live”. Which is to help fellow countrymen through the party, he explained.
During his emotional speech, Zhirinovsky addressed the audience with the question whether people have appeared who could replace him. There were a few “yes” remarks among the almost unanimous “no”. The LDPR leader advised them to offer their candidacies to the leading party bodies.
Zhirinovsky said in his speech that he saw Igor Lebedev, Alexei Ostrovsky, Yaroslav Nilov and some other deputies among his possible successors.
He himself said he was ready to participate in the presidential elections “as many times as you nominate me”. Zhirinovsky also said the next party congress will be held at the end of 2016, and it will approve party lists for the election to the State Duma lower house of parliament.
“There will be no early elections. Those who want to destabilize the situation are saying this,” he summed up.