Tuesday, November 13, 2007

United Russia's One Name: Putin

On November 13, 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that victory for his United Russia party in upcoming parliamentary elections would give him a moral mandate to lead Russia.

Putin said he intends to convert his current popularity into post-presidential clout after the December 2 legislative poll. This is a clear indication that he intends to remain in politics.

United Russia already holds two-thirds of seats in the State Duma and is forecast to score a crushing victory on December 2. The Communist Party is expected to come a distant second, while liberal parties once popular in the 1990s will probably win no seats at all.

Putin, who assumed power in 2000, is barred by the Russian Constitution from seeking a third consecutive term in March 2 presidential elections.

In what analysts say is probably a Kremlin-coordinated campaign, regional politicians and interest groups have multiplied their appeals begging Putin to stay in office.

Putin said United Russia, created almost overnight in July 2001 as a pro-Kremlin vehicle, was the best party available.

Under the Russian rules of proportional representation, each of the 11 parties contesting the December 2 election presents a list of candidates. The number of deputies from this list that gets seats in parliament depends on the party's share of the total vote.

Parties usually present a list with the leader and two more well-known names, followed by a list of candidates from specific regions. United Russia's federal list has only one name: Putin.

Since the rest of the vote would be divided up into smaller parties -- many of them failing to cross the minimum seven-percent barrier -- such a result would translate into an overwhelming majority of seats in the 450-member State Duma.

The lavishly funded United Russia is the only one of the 11 parties refusing to take part in television debates as part of the election run-up.

3 comments:

Craig Read said...

'The lavishly funded United Russia is the only one of the 11 parties refusing to take part in television debates as part of the election run-up.'

Crazy isn't it. Putin's party will not debate. Hmm. That sounds democratic and open. So then what else is going on in the Tsarist party regime? Kickbacks? Corruption? Fraud? Personal empires?

Russia thanks to higher oil prices is now better off than ever .... but what price is freedom worth? Russians need to move to the next stage of their development.
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ps. good blog btw :))

Pete said...

Craig

I don't think Russian leaders can be damned over debate non attendance.

Even our own Prime Minister (Howard) here in Australia resisted participating in a pre-election TV debate. This deosn't make Australia undemocratic. Instead Howard considered it undignified and that it would lose him votes.

However Putin's old boy network (the siloviki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siloviki ) may well be undemocratic.

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