24 Sep '11, 10am

Prime minister Putin set to return as Russian president

Prime minister Putin set to return as Russian president

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with coordinators of the Popular Front in Moscow on Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011. -- PHOTO: AP MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Saturday stunningly announced that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin should return to the Kremlin in 2012 elections for a new six-year mandate. Mr Medvedev told the annual congress of ruling party United Russia that he was prepared to take on 'practical work' in the government after the March presidential polls, a hint that he could be prime minister in a new Putin presidency. 'I think it would be correct for the congress to support the candidacy of the party chairman, Vladimir Putin, to the post of president of the country,' Mr Medvedev told the annual congress of United Russia to cheers from delegates. The Russian president, who had spearheaded a drive to modernise Russia since ta...

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