Head of Republic of Bashkortostan hands in resignation
Rustem Khamitov stated that he is not going to take part in the next elections.
The head of the Republic of Bashkortostan, Rustem Khamitov, stated that he had sent a resignation letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Bashkir leader stressed that this is his voluntary decidion. He also stated that his has no intention to run for the elections in September 2019.
"In my opinion, after a leader of a region reaches mature age they should make a decision on the completion of their activities in a timely manner and leave the post with dignity," the head of Bashkortostan told this to Govorit Moskva radio.
Khamitov had been heading Bashkiria since 2010; he is 64 years old. According to him, the governor resigned voluntary in order to give a new person some time “to get into the swing of things, gain authority among the people of the republic, and prepare for the elections”.
Earlier on Thursday, October 11, the leaders of the Trans-Baikal Territory, Natalya Zhdanova, and the governor of the Kursk Region, Alexander Mikhailov, also resigned.