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From Donetsk International News Agency, May 24, 2016

Primary elections will be held in all districts of the city of Donetsk, the first minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, has announced.

Aleksandr Zakharchenko, First Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic

Aleksandr Zakharchenko, First Minister of the Donetsk People’s Republic

“During the public primaries, the residents of the DPR capital will determine the most suitable candidates to participate in local elections provided by the Minsk agreements,” said Zakharchenko.

He suggested that the elections could take place at the end of this year or the beginning of the next year.

“Kiev does not want and is afraid of the election, Poroshenko knows that his agents will lose them, so he is playing for time to prevent holding the elections. But sooner or later the Americans and the Europeans will make him live up to the Minsk-2 agreement,” Zakharchenko said.

“Therefore, we must be fully prepared to the open an election campaign with any number of international observers. We need strong candidates that can defeat the demagogues and oligarchs, which the Kiev regime will send to deceive our people. We need primaries in order to select the strongest candidates. We have defeated the Banderites in the war, and we will defeat them in the elections,” he said,.

Zakharchenko believes that the primaries will be held in September and October. If they are successful in Donetsk, they will be organised in other cities of the DPR.


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