Russian Presidential elections :
Too early to predict -Putin
RUSSIA: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday
it was too early to discuss the 2012 presidential elections but added he
and President Dmitry Medvedev would agree on whether to stand in the
“We will jointly agree, we will think about it, we’ll see,” Russian
news agencies quoted the powerful prime minister, and former president,
“It’s too early to talk about it,” Putin said. “As soon as we talk
about it everybody stops working, expects changes, reshuffles.”
Any reshuffle of his government was “undesirable” before 2012, he
added. Putin stepped down as required by the Russian constitution in
2008 after serving two consecutive terms as president, but is eligible
to run for the office again in 2012.
Apart from his top government job which he took over in 2008 Putin
also heads the United Russia party which has a vast majority in
parliament. Medvedev has not ruled out standing for a second term in
2012 but avoids being specific.
His spokeswoman said in September, in a possible hint he was
interested in a second mandate, that his modernisation plans for Russia
were not just for one presidential term.
In August Medvedev said he did not want to run against Putin in the
2012 presidential poll.
“I wouldn’t want a battle between close forces, that would be bad for
the country,” Medvedev told Russian journalists.