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Putin officially named as candidate for 2012 presidential vote

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 27, 2011

At a pompous event at Moscow’s Luzhniki Arena on Sunday, the pro-Kremlin United Russia party officially named its leader Vladimir Putin, Russia’s powerful prime minister, as its candidate for the March 2012 presidential elections.

All 614 delegates from United Russia and Putin’s All-Russia People’s Front movement who took part in the vote during a party congress at Luzhniki unanimously backed Putin’s candidacy.

Some 11,000 Putin supporters gathered at the congress, held a week before December 4 parliamentary elections, to witness the official start of what is likely to become their leader’s triumphant return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister.

A storm of standing ovation welcomed the announcement of the vote result as Putin made his way to the dais to thank his supporters.

“My all life, without exaggeration, was devoted to serving our Fatherland,” he said in his speech, broadcast live by Russian state television channels.

“Our motto is ‘Never look back!’ Thank you… We will win together,” he added as President Dmitry Medvedev joined him on stage.

Tricolor national flags and dark-blue banners with a picture of a white bear, United Russia’s symbol, waved over Luzhniki Arena’s crowded grandstands as the prime minister’s supporters chanted “Putin” and “Russia” in an outburst of patriotic sentiment. Read the rest of this entry »

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