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St. Petersburg has elected the Governor

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Yuriy Zinchuk, host: “Let us now move on to the main political event of the week. Or maybe for the next couple of years. Because the city elects a governor for 5 years. And after official counting of votes, Alexander Beglov has been declared the winner of the race for the Governor’s seat. Thus becoming the city’s 73rd official head since its inception. Beglov has garnered 64.43% of the overall votes. Nadezhda Tikhonova from “Spravedlivaya Rossiya” came 2nd with 16.84%. The veteran of political battles, ex-leader of St. Petersburg’s branch of the “Yabloko” party, currently representing “Civic Platform” party, Mikhail Amosov became third with 16%.

The election went quietly, in general. There were televised debates. There were sensations –
when Vladimir Bortko from the Communist Party withdrew just days prior to the voting. There
were many things. One thing which was almost entirely missing is dirty PR. The candidates
abstained from spilling dirt on one another and acted with a lot of dignity. In a calm, St.
Petersburg style. But all of that is now in the past. The politics of election battle is over. The hard
work of a newly-elected Governor now begins.
 
And what are the three main tasks which Alexander Beglov has set for himself – as a fully
fledged Governor now? We asked him that question on Sunday night, when he came over to our
studio – to conduct his first interview as a Governor-elect. Let’s have a look!”.
 
- Your main task as the governor?
 
Alexander Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg: “First of all, fulfilling the plan. In the closer
future – that is renovating backyards, parks, roads. We need to implement that quickly – before
the weather gets worse. Every day is valuable to us in that sense. That is the first thing. Second –
getting ready for the winter. We are working non-stop to make sure all boiler rooms and all other
communications are fully ready. And we need to fulfill that before the heating season begins.
And third – also one of the important directions – is the city budget for 2020, which we are now
working on with the MPs. That is a long and intertwining road. The blueprint is now being
revised within the lower chambers and committees. The work is continuing. These are the three
main directions – which I believe should be quintessential to any Governor now. Something to
begin with”.
 
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel

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