Sobchak to Appeal Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Putin's Candidacy in Election

© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the mediabankTelevision show host Ksenia Sobchak who has announced her intention to run for president at an expert discussion
Television show host Ksenia Sobchak who has announced her intention to run for president at an expert discussion - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Presidential candidate from Russia's Civil Initiative party Ksenia Sobchak said Friday that she would appeal the decision of Russia's Supreme Court to validate incumbent President Vladimir Putin's registration as a presidential candidate.

"Of course, we will appeal this decision, we will fight until the end," Sobchak told reporters.

Sobchak added that she hoped to draw attention to the need for judicial reform in Russia.

Earlier in the day, the court upheld Putin's registration by rejecting Sobchak's complaint, in which she pointed out that Putin "has no right to be nominated" due to the fact that he had repeatedly held the post of Russian president, and even served as acting head of state from December 31, 1999 to May 7, 2000.

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According to the Russian constitution, a person can be president for two consecutive terms. Vladimir Putin won the election in 2012, so he can take part in the 2018 presidential election.

The Russian presidential election is scheduled for March 18, while the official campaign kicked off on December 18.

Apart from Sobchak and Putin, the Russian Central Election Commission (CEC) has registered six other presidential candidates: Sergey Baburin from the All-People's Union party, Pavel Grudinin supported by the Communist Party, the Communists of Russia party chairman Maxim Suraykin, Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs’ Rights Boris Titov, co-founder of the Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinsky and head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

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