Head of Buryatia resigned

Head of Buryatia resigned
Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn

Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn decided not to wait until May, when his term would expire.

On Tuesday February 7, Head of the Republic of Buryatia Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn told journalists that he would not qualify for a third term and will soon appeal to Russian President with a request for early resignation.

"I have worked two full terms. Formally, there is a reason to go for a third term, but the situation suggests that today there is a position, and that the country needs changes," Nagovitsyn told as cited by TASS.

"I’ve taken the only right decision in my view – that is, not to run for a third term. I believe I have honestly worked two terms. And I think that's enough. The entire world adheres to the same principle – the principle of two terms. There should be a rotation. A new fresh wave comes with rotation," the head of the region stressed.

As Nagovitsyn noted, he decided not to wait until May, when his term would expire. "I have filed a letter of resignation asking to release me from my office and use my potential in civil service position so that I could benefit both the country and the republic" (as quoted by Interfax), the politician said, adding that for now there is no employment position waiting for him.

The 60-year-old United Russia member Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn has served two terms as head of Buryatia; before that, he had headed the government of the Tomsk region, simultaneously replacing the first deputy head of the Tomsk Regional Administration. In June 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted his candidacy to the National Hural (Parliament) of Buryatia for granting him the authority of President of the Republic. In June, the Buryatia deputies approved his candidacy, and he was inaugurated in July. Later, President of the Republic was called its head.

In 2012, Putin accepted Nagovitsyn’s early retirement; then, the National Hural approved Nagovitsyn as head of Buryatia.

Last year, the local media reported on Nagovitsyn’s possible early resignation with a view of participating in the September elections, but this did not happen. The term of the current Buryatia Head’s office would expire in May 2017.

On Monday, Vedomosti reported that resignation of the heads of several regions may be announced in the coming days. A former federal official close to the Kremlin has told the outlet that allegedly, the decision has been recently discussed in the Domestic Policy Department (DPD).

Under the newspaper’s version, Governor of the Perm region Viktor Basargin, Head of Karelia Aleksandr Khudilaynen, Head of Buryatia Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn, Governor of the Ryazan region Oleg Kovalev, Head of the Sverdlovsk region Evgeny Kuyvashev, Governor of the Novgorod region Sergey Mitin, and Head of the Ivanovo region Pavel Konkov have found themselves under close attention of the Kremlin.

According to the Interfax source, the government structures will decide on the resignation of the Russian governors based on objective data on the effectiveness of their work.

Viktor Basargin resigned on Monday. Russian President accepted the resignation by signing a decree on the early termination of his powers.⁠

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