Verkeenko urged to return to Vladivostok for the direct election of the mayor

© RIA Novosti / Anton to Baluchiterium in photobacteria, Verkeenko. Archival photoVerkeenko urged to return to Vladivostok for the direct election of the mayor© RIA Novosti / Anton to Baluchiterium the image Bank

The mayor of Vladivostok Vitaly Verkeenko, the outgoing, urged MPs to seek Federal city status and the return of direct elections of the head of Vladivostok.

Last week, Verkeenko stated that 11 October is retiring at his own request. He noted that «there are forces to fight for the welfare of the city, but has no motivation.» In city hall reported that the Duma of Vladivostok on October 11 we will consider his statement of resignation. On Tuesday, October 9, it became known that at meeting on 11 October the question of the resignation will not be considered. The Council was informed that, probably, deputies will consider the resignation and the appointment of a bankruptcy procedure at a meeting next week — October 16.

Thursday — last working day of Verkeenko mayor. Today he came to the Council meeting, where he asked for the floor, noting that he has a mandate. «I want to ask you to note two of my instructions. The experience that I received, gives me the right understanding and making suggestions to Vladivostok received in time the status of a city of Federal significance. I ask this deeply comprehend and not to swing, not to allow the creation of a false understanding of the beautiful status of the capital of the Far East», — said Verkeenko.

He asked to initiate this work and to successfully implement.

«Second lesson: 21 Dec 2017 I said I think is right and expedient to elect the mayor by direct vote. After the execution of the first mandate I think is right and expedient to pass to direct elections of the head of Vladivostok. This will give him the necessary powers and the necessary possibility of the formation of the budget and assume full responsibility for the fate and success of the city’s development and well-being of its residents», — said Verkeenko.

He added that he does not leave Vladivostok and Primorye will be ready to continue in the region work for the benefit of the development of the city and region.

Khabarovsk is the center of the far Eastern Federal district since its formation (2000). Acting Governor of Primorsky Krai Oleg Kozhemyako said Saturday that the capital of the Far East need to do in Vladivostok. The Governor of Khabarovsk territory Sergey Furgal has declared that does not agree with the proposal of the head of the neighboring Primorsky region.

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