Russian President Vladimir Putin says suggestions that he could head a future government as prime minister are quite realistic.
Speaking at a congress of the main pro-Kremlin force United Russia, Putin announced he would lead the party’s list for December’s parliamentary elections:
“The United Russia, the party that has taken full responsibility for the development of the country can have only one target and that is to win the forthcoming elections and do it honestly.”
As far as heading the government is concerned it is realistic but it’s too early to think about it.
There are two conditions that must be met first. The United Russia must win the parliamentary elections on the second of December, and secondly, a decent, capable and modern person with whom I can work should be elected president.”
Putin says he gratefully accepts the proposal to head the United Russia list.
All polls published so far give United Russia a huge lead for the December election with at least 50 percent of the vote.
His party’s nearest rival, the Communists, poll less than 20 percent.
Putin’s term as president ends next year and the constitution bars him from seeking a third consecutive term.
Meanwhile it’s reported that 17 members of the Russian opposition movement Other Russia, led by former chess champion Garry Kasparov were detained for several hours by police in Moscow.
They were on their way to present the party’s list for the upcoming elections, according to a party spokesman.
The police say they were detained for participating in an unauthorized demonstration.