Samara region Governor took office

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye in photobacteria Azarov. Archival photoSamara region Governor took office© RIA Novosti / Alexei Nikolskiye the image Bank

Elected Governor of the Samara region Dmitry Azarov has officially assumed office, the ceremony took place on Monday in the Samara academic theatre of Opera and ballet.

Chairman of the electoral Commission of the Samara region Vadim Mikheev has announced the results of voting in the elections on 9 September Azarov and presented a certificate of his election as Governor. The official then took the oath and assumed office.

«I swear in exercising the powers of the Governor of the Samara region to respect and protect the rights and freedoms of man and citizen, to abide by the Constitution of the Russian Federation and Federal laws, the Charter of the Samara region and the laws of the Samara region», — said Azarov the text of the oath.

Present at the inauguration ceremony of the Plenipotentiary of RF President in Volga Federal district Igor Komarov recalled that during the year, Azarov was acting Governor of the Samara region. «The situation has improved with the budget security of the region, we also see positive dynamics in the investment climate: the region climbed 17 positions in the ranking of the Agency for strategic initiatives. Good dynamics visible in healthcare, improving the education system… I believe that the results of the last vote and the attention of citizens to the election of the Governor talking about your real support, Dmitry I.,» — said Komarov.

Azarov after the inauguration of the Governor thanked all those present for their support: «there is No greater reward for a man than to serve his native land, to serve the people, but there is no greater responsibility. Therefore, I responsibly assume the position, knowing what the task – consolidation, the development of leadership positions in the region – stands before us. I want to sincerely thank you all for your trust, for what we have already done together, solving tasks set by the President, justifying the confidence of the residents of the region».

Early elections of the Governor of the Samara region held in a single voting day on 9 September. Azarov of the party «United Russia» won 72,63% of the vote. The first Secretary Samara obkoma the Communist party, Vice-speaker of the regional Parliament Alexey Leskin has received 9,99%, the Deputy Chairman of the Samara regional Duma Alexander Stepanov (LDPR) to 5.73%, Vitaly Kirsanov («Communists of Russia») is 4.03%, the leader of regional branch «Fair Russia» the Deputy of regional Parliament Mikhail Maryakhin — 2,62%, Galina Baranova (Russian party of pensioners for social justice) — 2,56%.

In September 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on early termination of powers of the head of region Nikolay Merkushkin, who has written the application at own will. The acting Governor was Azarov, who in 2014 was a member of the Federation Council from the region.