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Self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic elects its leader

May 19, 2014, 1:24 UTC+3 LUGANSK

Valery Bolotov was elected at a session of the republic’s assembly

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LUGANSK, May 19, 0:02 /ITAR-TASS/. Valery Bolotov was on Sunday elected as head of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, the press service of the combined army of the Ukrainian southeast said.

He was elected at a session of the republic’s assembly, which also approved a temporary constitution of the republic.

Vassily Nikitin has been elected Prime Minister of the LPR. The first-priority move of the head of government of the LPR is to form a Cabinet of Ministers of the proclaimed LPR, Nikitin told Itar-Tass on Monday in an interview.

"My first steps at the post of the Republic's Prime Minister will be to form a government. I shall announce specific candidacies later on," he said.

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