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Putin Suggests Candidacy of Aide Volodin as New Duma Speaker

Sputnik News

14:05 23.09.2016(updated 15:03 23.09.2016)

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Friday the candidacy of his aide Vyacheslav Volodin as the next State Duma speaker.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed Friday the candidacy of his aide Vyacheslav Volodin as the next State Duma speaker, as he has necessary experience for this job.

On Thursday, Putin appointed former State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin as the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.

"In this connection, the question of the election of the new chairman of the State Duma is raised. This, of course, is the issue for lawmakers alone. But [Prime Minister] Dmitry Anatolyevich [Medvedev] and I will ask United Russia to support the candidacy of Vyacheslav Viktorovich Volodin," Putin said.

According to Putin, Volodin has necessary experience to hold the position of the parliamentary speaker.

"In my opinion, he knows what parliamentary work is, he has been a lawmaker for a long time. He was in direct contact with lawmakers, leaders of factions and parties when he was in the presidential administration, this fell within the scope of his professional duties," Putin said.

Volodin was elected to the country's parliament, following the Sunday vote, as he was one of the candidates from the ruling United Russia party.

Following the elections, the governing United Russia party gained 343 seats in the 450-seat State Duma. It was followed by the Communist Party with 42, the Liberal Democrat Party with 39, A Just Russia with 23 and one mandate apiece to the Rodina and Civic Platform parties.

Sputnik



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