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Sobyanin not decide on debates with candidates for Moscow mayor

June 13, 2013, 2:12 UTC+3
“The victory in the first round is not essential. The elections should be fair and transparent,” Sobyanin said
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MOSCOW, June 13 (Itar-Tass) - Acting Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he has not decided yet on taking part in the debates with candidates for the Moscow mayor.

Sobyanin said he wants to look at a final list of registered candidates in order to decide whom he should avoid and with whom he should hold debates. “I need to look at who will register. When I know my opponents I can decide,” the acting mayor said in an interview with the Izvestiya newspaper on Thursday.

Answering a question what he can say if former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov can run for office, Sobyanin said, “Yuri Mikhailovich can take any decision. I respect his decision.”

At the same time, the acting mayor noted, “I believe that real city problems are my real opponents. The results of the elections will depend on how we’ll solve them.”

“The victory in the first round is not essential. The elections should be fair and transparent,” Sobyanin said.

Earlier, secretary of the United Russia General Council, State Duma deputy speaker Sergei Neverov said the United Russia members “will support the candidature of Sergei Sobyanin”.

Head of the Moscow City Election Committee Valentin Gorbunov said it was necessary to collect 73,021 signatures of Moscow electors and 110 signatures of deputies from 146 municipal districts in order to run for the elections as a self-nominated candidate. Documents should be submitted not later than July 10.

The mayoral elections will take place on September 8.

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