St Pete governor resigns to run for Federation Council speaker post

MOSCOW, Aug 22 (PRIME) — St. Petersburgs Governor Valentina Matviyenko said Monday that she has submitted an application to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to resign from her position after winning municipal elections in order to run for the position of speaker of the Federation Council, the Russian parliaments upper house, RIA Novosti reported.

Under the current procedure, a candidate for the post of speaker must initially be elected a member of a regional or municipal legislative assembly, and then delegated as a senator to the council.

In particular, Matviyenko received 2,593 votes, or 93.71%, in the citys Petrovsky district and 3,830 votes, or 94.5%, in the Krasnenkaya Rechka district, a spokesperson from St Petersburgs election committee said. The elections in the aforementioned districts took place on August 21.

Moreover, Matviyenko said that Medvedev would appoint an acting governor of St. Petersburg in the next two days. Until the appointment is made, Matviyenko is to continue to carry out the functions of governor.

On May 18, Sergei Mironov, the Federation Councils former speaker, was recalled from his post by the legislative assembly of St. Petersburg, which he had represented.


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