Medvedev backs St. Petersburg governor as parliament speaker

11:28, June 25, 2011      

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday he supported a proposal to nominate St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko for Federation Council speaker.

Medvedev was commenting after a number of regional leaders proposed Matviyenko for the key post in parliament's upper house during discussions with the president.

Interfax quoted the president as saying Matviyenko was a person "with great experience in statesmanship, and a successful governor who previously worked in key positions of the Russian government".

He said he believed that, if a woman took one of the central places in the government hierarchy, it would be helpful to the state's development.

Matviyenko was absent from Friday's meeting.

The former upper house speaker Sergei Mironov was removed from the post in May.

Source: Xinhua
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