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Legislatures approve Putin's nominee for new federal structure

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, October 10 (RIA Novosti, Zhanna Voronova) - The legislatures of the Perm region and the Komi-Permyak autonomous district have elected Oleg Chirkunov, acting governor of the Perm region, for governor of Perm Territory, a new territory set to be officially recognized as of December 1, the spokesman for the presidential envoy to the Volga Federal District said Monday.

The law on forming the new federal structure was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March of last year, following a relative bill based on a December 2003 referendum, was passed by the Russian parliament. Last week, Putin nominated Chirkunov, who then had to be approved for the five-year term by local legislatures.

The Perm Territory, the first of what are being called composite districts, targeted by Russia's authorities, will unify the Perm region and Komi-Permyak, with more than 160,000 square kilometers and a population of about 3 million.

According to media reports, a single legislature for the Perm Territory will be elected in December 2006 and from 2007, the two formerly separate subjects will have a common budget.

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