DONETSK, October 4 (RIA Novosti) - Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko has submitted documents to the Central Election Commission as a presidential candidate for DPR, RIA Novosti correspondent reported on Saturday.
Zakharchenko stated that the main point of his program will be "Complete liberation of the Republic of Ukrainian soldiers." He also added that another main point will be to improve the lives of people in the country.
Zakharchenko is the first candidate to register for the election to be held on November 2. Candidate registration is open until October 14.
On Friday, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Purgin stated the Donetsk Republic's support for Zakharchenko in the upcoming elections.
Kiev authorities and independence supporters aligned positions on a ceasefire and a number of issues including the status of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on September 5 in the capital of Belarus, Minsk, through the mediation of Russia and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved a law on special status of parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions on September 16. The law introduces self-administration and guarantees the right to use Russian or any other language in Ukraine.