Interfax: Khasbulatov says will run for president of Chechnya
- Khasbulatov says will run for president of Chechnya
Interfax. Thursday, Jul. 31, 2003, 6:47 PM Moscow Time
MOSCOW. July 31 (Interfax) - Ruslan Khasbulatov, former speaker of the
Russian Supreme Council, says he intends to run for president of the
Chechen Republic in the elections scheduled for October 5.
"I have made a firm decision to run," Khasbulatov told Interfax on
Khasbulatov said he already has "a team of supporters to organize and
conduct an election campaign."
When asked whether he will become an independent candidate or will be
nominated by a party, Khasbulatov said he will be nominated "by the
people of Chechnya and he will be their candidate."
Khasbulatov said he is sure he will win in the first round. "I have my
own program for settling the situation in Chechnya, but I will voice it
only after I take office," Khasbulatov said.
The deadline for nominating presidential candidates is 6:00 p.m. on
August 1. Independent candidates can file applications until August 20.
The deadline for submitting signatures for independent candidates is
also August 20.
Six people have already stated their intention to run for president of
Chechnya, the Chechen Election Commission said