Putin nominates new speaker of Russian parliament

September 23, 2016 10:27 AM

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MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has named his top political strategist to serve as the speaker of the newly elected parliament after elections that saw the main pro-Kremlin party strengthen its grip on the lower house.

Putin on Friday nominated Vyacheslav Volodin, the Kremlin’s deputy chief of staff who oversaw the vote, as the State Duma’s speaker. Volodin replaces Sergei Naryshkin, whom Putin named the new chief of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service.

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