Vladimir Putin rules out early elections in Russia

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Moscow, Mar 2: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Friday, Mar 2 made it clear that there will be no early parliamentary elections in the country, reports said.

Putin, who is set to return to the Kremlin in 2012 elections for a new six-year mandate said that he is planning to appoint current president Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev as next Prime Minister of Russia, if he win the Mar 4 elections.

"My offer to him and our agreement on such power sharing, it's not only about our willingness to stay in power, but also to continue the reforms that have been launched," Putin said.

Earlier, in 2008 Putin left the Kremlin after serving a maximum two consecutive terms as President but carried on as Russia's de-facto number one as prime minister while his hand-picked successor Medvedev served as a sometimes overshadowed president.

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