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Putin submits Dagestan republic head candidates to its parliament

August 19, 2013, 16:31 UTC+3
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Yunus-bek Yevkurov. Photo ITAR-TASS/ Denis Vyshikski

Yunus-bek Yevkurov. Photo ITAR-TASS/ Denis Vyshikski

MOSCOW, August 19 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted three candidates, Ramazan Abdulatipov, Malik Bagliyev and Ummupazil Omarova,  to the People’s Assembly of Dagestan for election as the republic’s head, the Kremlin press service reports.

Abdulatipov is currently interim President of Dagestan (since January 28, 2013), Bagliyev occupies the post of head of the republic’s Audit Chamber, and Omarova is Dagestan’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

Previously, these candidates had been proposed, among others, to Vladimir Putin by political parties represented in the national parliament. Abdulatipov gained support of  the United Russia party, the Communist Party, A Just Russia, Patriots of Russia and the Right Cause party.

He was the only candidate from United Russia and the Communist Party; Patriots of Russia also included Malik Bagliyev in their list, as well as the head of their faction in the People’s Assembly of Dagestan, Eduard Khidirov.

Omarova was also on the list of  Right Cause (they also nominated captain of the Russian national Taekwondo team Seifula Magomedov).

Members of A Just Russia party, in addition to Abdulatipov, proposed the Chairman of the Council of the party’s republican branch, Gadzhimurad Omarov, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research on the Movement of Goods and Wholesale Markets Conjuncture, Amuchi Amutinov as candidates.

This March, a federal law was adopted, according to which, subjects of the Russian Federation have the right not to hold direct elections of their heads, replacing them with  lection of the regional head by members of the regional legislative assembly, selected from the candidates nominated by Russia's president Vladimir Putin, which are based on recommendations of political parties.

Dagestan and Ingushetia have selected this election system by adopting relevant regional laws.

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