21 Nov 2017 17:23

Russia needs strong presidential power for several decades - Mironov

MOSCOW. Nov 21 (Interfax) - Russia will remain a presidential, not parliamentary, republic for at least another 20 years, leader of the Just Russia party's parliamentary faction Sergei Mironov said.

"I am absolutely convinced that a country such as Russia should not even talk about [becoming] a parliamentary republic for another several, probably, the foreseeable, decades, well, at least two decades, I think," Mironov told journalists on Tuesday.

He was commenting on ideas currently being discussed in the media in the run-up to the next electoral cycle.

Russia needs strong presidential power, he said. "Precisely power, which does not form part of the three branches of government [but] stands above them," Mironov said.

It is this form of government that has established itself well in Russia, he said.

"It has developed as a tradition. And recent Russian history suggests that our country needs a very capable, strong president. Absolutely. This is my point of view," Mironov said.