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Legislators in the Krasnodar Territory have approved Governor Alexander Tkachev for another term
Legislators in the Krasnodar Territory in southern Russia have approved Governor Alexander Tkachev for another term in office by a unanimous majority at an emergency meeting Monday. On April 10, Tkachev, whose current term expires in March 2009, a year after the presidential elections, asked the president for a vote of confidence. In a maneuver designed to secure a presidential endorsement for a second term, another governor, Valentina Matviyenko of St. Petersburg, near the end of her first term last December submitted her resignation to President Vladimir Putin and also asked for a vote of confidence. "Fifty-nine MPs voted for Tkachev's candidacy, with a single vote against," a spokesman for the local legislature said. Tkachev, who has headed the regional administration since 2000, when he won gubernatorial elections by a landslide, is widely known as the man behind the failed seizure of the island of Tuzla in the Kerch Strait (the governor had a dam constructed from the Russian shore to the disputed Ukrainian island), and for his strong stand against illegal immigration in Russia, with some commentators interpreting his remarks as racist.
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