Russian President Vladimir Putin has supported the proposal of Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin to hold an early mayoral election in Moscow and said he will sign a decree on Sobyanin's resignation and appointment as the acting mayor.
Putin said he hoped that Sobyanin would remain efficient. "We have been working together for a long time," he said.
Sobyanin said "a possibility of pre-term resignation of a mayor and early mayoral elections had appeared" for the first time in 30 years.
"It would be right to hold the election this year," he said.
Sobyanin asked the president for his permission to step down and to appoint an acting mayor.
The possible holding of early mayoral elections in Moscow was announced several days ago. The city adopted a law on direct mayoral election a year earlier.
Presumably, the election will take place on the single voting day, September 8, 2013.
Earlier reports said that over a half of Muscovites supported direct mayoral elections. A poll held by the Moscow Lomonosov State University's Research Institute of Social Systems showed that 73 percent of the respondents supported direct mayoral elections, 18 percent said there was no such need, and 9 percent could not answer the question.
The Moscow City Duma entrusted Sobyanin with the mayoral powers for the period of five years on October 21, 2010. The then president, Dmitry Medvedev, made the nomination.
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