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Russia's ruling party submits candidates list for elections


14:17, September 30, 2011

MOSCOW, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The ruling United Russia party submitted its lists of candidates to the Central Election Committee Thursday, said a senior member of the party.

Sergei Neverov, member of the party's general committee, told reporters the party was ready to face any rival in the parliamentary elections set for Dec. 4.

Incumbent President Dmitry Medvedev is heading the list consisting of 600 people. Medvedev was assigned to lead the United Russia's election campaign at the party's convention last week.

Neverov said 51 regional governors and several ministers as well as 183 non-members are on the list of candidates, who would participate in the pre-election debates.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday he would run for president in 2012 and Medvedev agreed to head the ruling party's list for the Dec. 4 parliamentary elections.

The United Russia, founded in December 2001, is a dominant political party with more than 2 million members.


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