6 Sep 2018 09:29

DPR might elect its new head in early November

MOSCOW. Sept 6 (Interfax) - The self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) might elect its new head in early November, a source in the acting DPR head's staff told Interfax.

"DPR laws envisage certain mechanisms and timeframes of the electoral process. Consultations are in progress. Most parties agree that November would be the best time for voting," the source said.

The DPR People's Council will approve the election date on September 7, he said.

DPR laws require that an election take place within 60 days since the decision on voting is made, the source said.

"Hence, the new head of republic might be elected in early November, perhaps, on the 6th or the 7th," he said.

DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko was killed in a blast at the Donetsk Separ cafe on August 31. Consistent with the constitution, DPR Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Trapeznikov was appointed acting head of the republic.

Zakharchenko was appointed DPR prime minister in August 2014 following resignation of Alexander Borodai.

The DPR head was elected on November 2, 2014. Zakharchenko won a landslide victory with about 80% of the vote.