St Petersburg’s outgoing governor to be deputy of district municipality

St PETERSBURG, August 22 (Itar-Tass) — Outgoing Governor of St Petersburg, Valentina Matviyenko will be a deputy in the municipality of the Krasnenkaya Rechka district, the St Petersburg city government press service said Monday.

She is expected to get a deputy’s mandate later in the day, the press release indicated.

Matviyenko won a convincing victory at Sunday’s elections in two constituencies where she contended for seats.

The data obtained by Russia’s Central Electoral Commission Moscow said she had won the support of 93.71% voters in the Petrovsky constituency and 94.5% voters in Krasnenkaya Rechka.

Matviyenko said prior to the summing up of provisional results of the election: “I’d do the deputy’s duties in both constituencies at a time if it were possible but legislation rules this out.”

“But I’ll take care of Petrovsky and Krasnenkaya Rechka as long as I’m able to do it,” she said.

Matviyenko said that when she becomes a member of the upper house of Russia’s federal parliament – and that is the ultimate goal of the move to take a deputy’s seat – she will have an aide who will supervise the problems of the two constituencies.

Members of the upper house, who are conventionally referred to in this country as ‘senators’ although the house is called the Federation Council, have already promised Matviyenko the position of Speaker.

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