After the Moscow region’s Governor Sergei Shoigu is appointed Defence Minister, the Kremlin will have to find a successor for this important and complicated position.
The early governor elections in the Moscow region are due in September of 2013 on the joint voting day, the Kommersant writes. Before that, an acting governor appointed by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will run the region. Among Sergei Shoigu’s possible successors are: his closest Deputy Governor Ruslan Tsalikov, Head of United Russia’s Supreme Council Boris Gryzlov, and presidential envoy to the Central Federal District Alexander Beglov.
Not only the power, but the opposition are preparing for the election. First Deputy Chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Commission Ivan Melnikov said his party would nominate a strong candidate, who will have real chances to win, as the communists have strong support in the region.
Alexei Didenko of LDPR expressed confidence that a representative of his party, who wins the election, will be appointed acting head of the Moscow region.
Deputy Head of A Just Russia faction at the State Duma Mikhail Yemelyanov said the party has many “worthy” candidates.
The party may consider the candidature of Gennady Gudkov, who had been elected to the State Duma in the Moscow region (was deprived of his mandate for entrepreneurship). Gudkov said he is “ready to take a risk”: “We should discuss it inside the party, and I hope the leaders will support me despite the contradictions.”
Leader of Civil Platform Mikhail Prokhorov said that his party “will participate most actively in the elections” and “a detailed form of the participation would be chosen at next meeting of the political and civil committees of the party.”
Co-Chairman of RPR-PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov stressed the entire democratic opposition should nominate a joint candidate: “It is an important region. RPR-PARNAS will discuss soon this issue at a meeting of the bureau, and will begin negotiations with other parties.”
About participation in the elections claimed also a former candidate for the position of Khimki’s mayor, leader of Alliance of Green – People’s Party Oleg Mitvol.
The Izvestia writes that communists and A Just Russia demand early election of the Moscow region’s governor. They also refer to the fact that the law does now allow waiting for the autumn and for a joint election day.
In order to elect a new governor of the Moscow region on the join election day in autumn of 2013, the Moscow region’s Duma will have to update its own law on elections of governor, the newspaper writes.