MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The chair of PARNAS Mikhail Kasyanov said that his proposed pre-election coalition “Democrats” in the upcoming presidential elections will not be.
“The call of PARNASSUS to combine efforts in the elections of the President and build a coalition of Democrats were ignored by Alexei Navalny, and Grigory Yavlinsky evasively answered the journalists’ questions about possible participation in a coalition. The proposal was supported by only Ksenia Sobchak,” – said Kasyanov TASS. According to him, his proposed “coalition structures the participation of Democrats in the upcoming presidential elections will not be”.
It is the failure of the idea of a coalition Kasyanov explained the party’s decision to terminate discussion of the request Sobchak about her nomination as a candidate in the presidential elections from PARNASSUS. “We considered the possibility of extension Sobchak only possible within a coalition, when there are all three candidates, the Bulk from groups of voters, Yavlinsky from Yabloko, and Sobchak could be put forward to us,” – said the leader of PARNAS. “We considered the possibility of its extension only in the part of the coalition and once a coalition is not present, and the question of its nomination withdrawn”, – said Kasyanov.
Wednesday Sobchak said that he agreed with the party “Civil initiative”, headed by former Minister of economy of Russia Andrei Nechaev, that the party will nominate her for the presidential elections; the final decision will be made by the party Congress in December.
Earlier Kasyanov has repeatedly offered Yavlinsky, Navalny and Sobchak to create a coalition for the upcoming presidential election. In his opinion, all three candidates could be nominated in December “at party congresses or meetings of a group of voters” if the authorities register more than one candidate, the coalition will determine the single candidate of the democratic opposition in accordance with predetermined mechanism.
Presidential elections should pass on March 18, 2018. The official campaign should start in the period from 7 to 17 December, after the election appointed by the Federation Council. The desire to participate in the presidential campaign is already stated including the founder of the party “Yabloko” Grigory Yavlinsky, TV presenter Sobchak and blogger Navalny. The head of the Central election Commission Ella Pamfilova has repeatedly explained that the Bulk can not be a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections because of the criminal record.