The Russian Communist Party will convene its congress on December 15 to nominate its candidate for president. It is expected that the delegates will vote for their current leader, Gennady Zyuganov, Russian news agencies reported Friday.
"I have no doubts that the congress on December 15 will nominate Gennady Zyuganov as the party's presidential candidate. His candidature was unanimously supported by the Central Committee's presidium," Ivan Melnikov, the first deputy chairman of the party's Central Committee, was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.
The congress was brought forward from the scheduled December 22by the party to stage a nationwide protest against what they claim was election rigging.
Zyuganov Friday dismissed any possibility of his political cooperation in the forthcoming presidential elections with the People's Patriotic Union leader Mikhail Kasyanov and Fair Russia leader Sergei Mironov. The party's Central Committee secretary Vadim Solovyov said the Communists will cooperate with other political forces only in ensuring the legality of elections.
Zyuganov accused Russia's government of manipulating Duma elections, in which his party has won some 11 percent of votes, more than the seven percent threshold for entering the State Duma.