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St. Petersburg governor resigns for parliament speaker's post

(Xinhua)

09:51, August 23, 2011

MOSCOW, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko tendered her resignation on Monday, after she won a landslide victory at the municipal elections which would enable her to become the speaker of the Russian Parliament's upper house.

In Sunday's voting, Matviyenko won well above 90 percent of the votes with the turnover three times higher than the usual, according to the city's election commission.

After the elections results were officially confirmed Monday, Matviyenko sent a letter of resignation to President Dmitry Medvedev, who accepted the resignation quickly, reported Itar-Tass news agency.

Matviyenko, 62, from the United Russia party, decided to participate in the municipal elections as a first step of the three-stage political combination, which would enable her to become a chairwoman of the Russian Parliament's upper house, the Federation Council.

Her candidacy for the speaker's position was backed by President Medvedev.

The post has been vacant since May when the St. Petersburg city council recalled Sergei Mironov from his chairmanship after a public spat with Matviyenko.

Mironov is a leader of a moderately opposition Just Russia party.

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Sally Novetzke at 2011-10-08205.188.116.*
I am so proud and thrilled for Valentino. We served together as Ambassadors to Malta in early nineties and we became friends. I have had no address for her so I am very thrilled for her and she deserves it and the bests. Ambassador Sally Novetzke
  

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