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Medvedev's seat in new Duma to go to member of United Russia


09:03, December 16, 2011

MOSCOW, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- President Dmitry Medvedev's seat in the new State Duma would to go a member of the ruling United Russia, the Russian Election Commission (CEC) said Thursday.

Early Thursday, presidential press secretary Natalya Timakova told reporters that Medvedev had notified the CEC of his intention to give up his lawmaker's mandate as a deputy in the State Duma, or the lower house of the parliament.

The CEC confirmed Medvedev's seat would go to Irina Yarovaya, a representative of the ruling United Russia from the Far East region of Kamchatka.

Under Russian law, an elected candidate must either reject or confirm their mandate as a State Duma deputy within five days of the official results of the parliamentary elections being made public.

Also on Thursday, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin confirmed again that Medvedev would become the prime minister after next March's presidential election, in which Putin is widely expected to win.

Putin lauded the ruling party's victory in parliamentary elections on Dec. 4, saying that the victory was sufficient for appointing Medvedev as prime minister.

The CEC officially announced last Friday that the United Russia, whose candidates list was led by Medvedev, gained 238 out of 450 seats in the elections and kept an absolute majority in the new State Duma.

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