Medvedev does not exclude second presidential term

6th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday said he does not exclude standing in presidential elections in 2012, in one of the strongest indications yet that he wants a new Kremlin mandate.

In an interview with Polish media published on the Kremlin website, Medvedev nevertheless added there were "other colleagues" who also might be interested in taking part, in a possible reference to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Speculation has long swirled over the intentions of both Medvedev and Putin ahead of the 2012 polls. Putin -- who handed over the Kremlin in 2008 after serving a maximum two consecutive terms -- has also not ruled out standing.

"If the situation in our country is normal and stable, if I have the corresponding popular support, I do not exclude this," Medvedev said in response to a question over whether he will be a candidate.

But he warned that such an announcement would never be made so long ahead of the polls.

"These things are done at the moment when it is necessary to do them," Medvedev said in the interview, which coincides with his official visit to Poland.

"I also have other colleagues who can take part in this political process," he noted, without specifying who they could be.

"Thus I believe that the main thing is to preserve a continuity in the authorities and a continuity in policies. But of course I do not exclude that I will do this work and this is normal for any politician."

Medvedev has long been seen by most analysts as playing second fiddle to Putin in two-and-a-half years in office, but in recent months has appeared to have been adopting a more self-confident stance.

However contrary to expectations, he failed to drop any clear hints on his future plans in a state of the nation address late last month that focused on technocratic policies rather than major political announcements.

© 2010 AFP

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