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Putin Against Delaying Elections in Flood-Hit Far East

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President Vladimir Putin said Friday that elections scheduled for September 8 in Russia’s flood-hit Far East should not be postponed, despite talk that they could be held next year instead.

KHABAROVSK, August 30 (RIA Novosti) – President Vladimir Putin said Friday that elections scheduled for September 8 in Russia’s flood-hit Far East should not be postponed, despite talk that they could be held next year instead.

“I agree with those who said elections should not be put off,” Putin said at a meeting with Amur Region senior officials. “The election results will be the best assessment of your work.”

Earlier, the head of the far-eastern Jewish Autonomous Region, Alexander Vinnikov, asked Putin to postpone the September elections in the region by one year due to the flooding. Putin said he would consider the request.

Several weeks of flooding, which according to Russian meteorologists are the worst in the region in 120 years, have affected the Amur Region, the Jewish Autonomous Region, and the Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, as well as in the Siberian republic of Yakutia.

 

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