Russia – Putin to return as president

In Russia, after months of speculation, the future of the regime is now clear. PM Putin will be standing for the presidency again next year and President Medvedev will be leading the United Russia party at the forthcoming legislative elections, paving the way for a return to the prime ministership.

The announcements were made at the United Russia party congress on 24 September. (There is an RFE/RL report here).

The presidential election will be held in March 2012. The legislative election will take place in December 2011.

There are good commentaries on the decision at The Monkey Cage here and here.

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