Putin Becomes Leader of United Russia Party

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Putin Becomes Leader of United Russia Party: Putin Becomes Leader of United Russia Party The outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to become the leader of the United Russia party. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to become leader to join the United Russia party. In a speech before the ninth party congress, he made a commitment to become a guarantor of the reforms in the country.

The United Russia party has been asking Putin to head it for the last seven years, the Russian publication RBK Daily reported.

On Monday the party congress approved an amendment to its statutes, which allows a non-member to be elected chair.

Putin's authority in his new capacity will be unrestricted. The current chair of United Russia Boris Grizlov, who is also the Speaker of the Russian Duma, is going to head the Supreme Council of the Party after the Putin assumes the chair position.

RBK Daily comments that Putin aimed to become like the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping - an informal leader who controls all power mechanisms in the country.

The newly elected Russian President, Dmitrii Medvedev, who assumes power on May 7, has declined the offer to join the United Russia party because of his new positions.

Medvedev, however, spoke before the congress in favor of Putin's joining the party.

The outgoing President Vladimir Putin is expected to be approved by the Duma as the new Russian Prime Minister on May 8.
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