Russia’s ruling United Russia party will nominate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin next month as its candidate in 2012 presidential elections, RIA Novosti reported, citing Boris Gryzlov, the party’s second-ranking official.
The congress will probably take place on November 20, the state news service cited Gryzlov as saying today in Tula, central Russia.
Putin, 58, said Sept. 24 he’ll seek to return to the presidency in March elections, pushing aside his protégé, Dmitry Medvedev, who replaced him in the Kremlin for four years because of a constitutional ban on three consecutive terms. Two more six-year terms would give Putin 24 years at the helm, making him the longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.
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