Fri, May 25, 2012
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Medvedev vows to shape most democratic ruling party in Russia

2012-05-25 14:50:55 GMT2012-05-25 22:50:55(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, May 25 (Xinhua) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that he will shape the ruling United Russia (UR) party into the most democratic one in the country.

The United Russia will face stricter requirements than other parties in parliament, Medvedev said, adding that the party members will undertake unprecedented steps if the upcoming party congress supports them.

He vowed to push the party democracy to the level which "does not exist in other parties," Medvedev said during a United Russia's meeting on the eve of the party's congress.

The UR will hold its congress on Saturday when Medvedev, who joined the party Tuesday, is expected to become its leader. The secretary of the party's General Council will be elected.

Currently, there are three ideological wings within the party -- social-conservative, state-patriotic and liberal.

Medvedev warned that some party members might be "offended" with his proposals and leave the party.

He suggested the party officials be elected by secret ballots during regional conferences and local meetings. The leaders of the faction in the regional legislative bodies must be elected in the same way.

He also urged party members not to be afraid of criticism.

"The longer the party has been criticized, the better. If the criticism subsides, it would mean the party has lost the power," Medvedev said.

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