Legislative Assembly Chooses New LenOblast Governor

Legislative Assembly Chooses New LenOblast Governor

Published: May 16, 2012 (Issue # 1708)

Deputies of the Leningrad Oblast Legislative Assembly confirmed the region’s new governor, Alexander Drozdenko, on Saturday.

At least 41 deputies voted for Drozdenko’s candidacy and seven against, Interfax reported.

President Vladimir Putin has already signed a document terminating the contract of current Leningrad Oblast governor, Valery Serdyukov, who will step down from his post May 28.

Drozdenko, 47, has considerable experience in politics, having headed the town council of Kingisepp in the LenOblast from 1988 to 1993. He held various mayoral positions of the Kingisepp district from 1993 to 2002.

Serdyukov has already signed a request for his tenure to be ended early, despite having previously said that he intended to complete his full term as governor, which was due to end on July 9, RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Serdyukov, 66, has been governor of the Leningrad Oblast since 1998.

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