27 Nov '11, 12pm

Russia's Vladimir Putin accepts presidential nomination

Russia's Vladimir Putin accepts presidential nomination

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin (above) agreed to be the ruling party candidate in 2012 presidential elections that he is certain to win and that will fix the country's political future. -- PHOTO: REUTERS MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian strongman Vladimir Putin on Sunday agreed to be the ruling party candidate in 2012 presidential elections that he is certain to win and that will fix the country's political future. His nomination at a glitzy congress of United Russia was a formality after President Dmitry Medvedev announced in September he would give way for Mr Putin in the March 2012 polls and instead take the job of prime minister. The congress comes one week ahead of parliamentary polls on Dec 4 which United Russia is certain to win but could, for the first time in recent years, show that the authorities' once colossal public support is on the wane. 'I am grateful to (President...

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