Russia needs strong, authoritative parliament - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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# 16 September 2021 05:38 (UTC +04:00)

Russia needs a strong and authoritative parliament and lawmakers who will work in the interests of the country and its people to be able to efficiently meet new challenges and use emerging possibilities, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address on Thursday, APA reports citing TASS.

"The present-day world is complicated. We see how rapidly, sometimes unpredictably, it is changing. Naturally, it creates new challenges. But, at the same time, it opens the widest possibilities," he noted.

Coordinated work of the state, society and people is needed to meet these challenges and effectively use new possibilities, he stressed.

"A strong and authoritative parliament is needed and the lawmakers of the new State Duma (lower parliament house - TASS) must work in the interests of Russia and our people, for people so that they could be relied upon as patriots of Russia who are ready to ensure national interests in all spheres resolutely and consistently," he added.

Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma (lower house) are scheduled for September 19, 2021, known as the Single Voting Day. The balloting process will span across three days - September 17, 18, and 19. In addition to the State Duma elections, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for the heads of nine Russian regions (in another three regions local legislatures will elect top executive officials) and in elections for 39 regional parliaments.