Cape Times

Russian presidenti­al campaign launched

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MOSCOW: The Russian presidenti­al campaign has been officially launched, according to a resolution published on the government’s newspaper Rossiyskay­a Gazeta yesterday.

The resolution issued by the Russian Federation Council, or the upper house of parliament, officially gives a start to the election campaign. A total of 23 candidates have declared their intentions to run for the president, including Vladimir Putin.

To be registered as an independen­t presidenti­al candidate in Russia, a candidate has to collect 300 000 voters’ signatures by February 1. If a candidate wishes to run within the framework of a political party, this party will have to collect 100 000 signatures on the candidate’s behalf.

The Russian Federation Council on Friday officially set the country’s presidenti­al election date for March 18. – Xinhua

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