Putin urges Russians to vote in presidential election

February 29th, 2008 - 6:27 pm ICT by admin  

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Xinhua
Moscow, Feb 29 (Xinhua) Russian President Vladimir Putin Friday called on his countrymen to make their own, independent choice at the March 2 presidential poll to elect his successor. Putin asked all Russians “to turn out for Sunday elections and to vote for our future, Russia’s future”.

“We all understand very well how great is the role and responsibility of a president of a country such as Russia. And how it is important for him to have confidence of our people, how much he needs it in order to do his job as president efficiently and confidently and to ensure stability in the country,” Putin said in a televised address.

Therefore, “each of your votes will be important on March 2. The opinion of each of you is important”, Putin said, adding “everyone has a chance to make his own, conscious choice at the Russian presidential election”.

“Three months ago together with you we have elected a new parliament, which is already actively working. And after tomorrow we need to vote for a new president and thereby close the second and decisive stage of renewal of the supreme power,” he said.

“Russia should continue to move forward, changes for the better must continue. This is why challenging and great tasks have been set for the next few years,” he added.

Four candidates are vying for the highest post of the country. They are First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, nominated by the ruling United Russia party, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Andrei Bogdanov, the leader of the Democratic Party.

Putin is barred from a third consecutive term by the Russian constitution.

He backs Medvedev as his successor and said he will be the prime minister if Medvedev wins.
Xinhua

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