Russian communist party leader to run for president again

09:18, July 19, 2011      

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The long-time leader of Russia's Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, has been nominated by the party to compete in the 2012 presidential election, Interfax news agency reported Monday.

The 67-year-old Zyuganov was nominated during an extraordinary session of the party held in Moscow. Another top party member, Vladimir Kashin, was nominated as the candidate running for prime minister.

Zyuganov, who has been leader of the Communist Party since 1993, has run for the Kremlin's top post in every presidential election after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, but never succeeded.

In the 2008 presidential election, he gained 17.76 percent of vote and came in second to Dmitry Medvedev's 70 percent.

In September, the Communist Party is to hold a pre-election convention, which will approve a list of candidates for the parliamentary elections due at the end of 2011.

Source: Xinhua
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