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Russian PM Wants New Coalition To 'Revive' Ruling Party

Vladimir Putin at a Podium, Speaking and Gesturing
Pskov, 23 May: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has explained the emergence of the All-Russia People's Front (ONF) by citing the need to renew One Russia.

As Putin said on Monday (23 May) at a meeting with representatives of public organizations in Pskov Region, the ONF is being created so that One Russia "is revived through new ideas and new people, and so that numerous organizations have the opportunity, through One Russia's instruments, to make themselves heard, and to promote not only some of their own ideas, but also their people into representative municipal bodies of power and administration".

He described the People's Front as an "informal non-bureaucratic association".

Putin said that he had the idea of setting up the ONF in connection with preparations for elections to the State Duma (in December). "This idea came to me as preparations for elections to the State Duma were getting under way, but I believe that we should not just confine ourselves to the elections to the country's parliament," he said.

Vladimir Putin stressed, however, that the People's Front must also accomplish the objectives it has been set at elections to municipal and regional authorities.

"I would very much like it if, through this informal structure, the All-Russia People's Front, people managed to put forward their proposals for the development of their town, village, region and even the whole country," he said.

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