Putin may head his party list in parliamentary polls: report

18th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he would not rule out heading his ruling United Russia party's list in parliamentary elections next year, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported on Saturday.

"It is too early to speak about this so far but on the whole I of course do not rule this out in today's capacity," he was quoted as saying in an interview with a state television channel.

He spoke after his marathon call-in show on Thursday and the television programme was broadcast in the Russian Far East, RIA Novosti said.

Next year's parliamentary elections are seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2012 presidential vote in which many observers believe he may seek a return to the Kremlin.

Putin headed the United Russia party's list during last parliamentary elections in 2007. He and his protege Dmitry Medvedev have both said they would agree who would run for president in 2012 so as not to compete with each other.

© 2010 AFP

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