Russian President proposes current PM to run for presidency
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 24 / Trend /
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has proposed Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to run for Russian president in next year's election, bringing an end to speculation over which man would run for the post, RIA Novosti reported.
Speaking at the annual congress of the ruling United Russia party on Saturday, Medvedev said he was ready to make way for Putin and do "practical work in the government."
"Given the offer to head the party list and engage in party work, and given a successful run at the elections... I believe that it would be appropriate if the congress approved Vladimir Putin's candidacy for the post of the president of Russia," Medvedev said to a standing ovation at the congress.
The congress welcomed Medvedev's offer.
"I have always been asked: when are you going to make up your mind?... I and Vladimir Vladimirovich have sometimes been asked: have you fallen out with each other?" he said. "What we propose to the congress is a long thought-out decision," Medvedev said. "We were actually discussing this course of action as early as when our union was being formed."
Medvedev said the years have proved the correctness of the chosen strategy.