Russia's ruling party may select candidates for parliamentary election in September

09:46, June 17, 2011      

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed Thursday that the ruling United Russia party hold a congress in early September to approve a list of candidates for the State Duma elections in December.

"I think that we need to hold a congress of the party at the very beginning of September in order to be able to discuss all of our ideas and suggestions before the elections," Putin said at a session of the Russian Popular Front's coordinating board.

Putin, leader of both United Russia and the Russian Popular Front, said the participants of the party congress would discuss and confirm a group of possible candidates for the State Duma, or the lower house of parliament.

"I would like to make it clear that this procedure should be as transparent, honest and objective as possible. We need a real competition that will allow us to nominate the best candidates," Putin said.

Such candidates can be nominated by organizations or individual citizens, he added.

In May, Putin proposed to create a Popular Front to unite the ruling United Russia party and various civil movements and groups for the parliamentary elections.

The United Russia party currently holds 315 seats in the 450-seat State Duma. The party is widely expected to win the December poll.

Source: Xinhua
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