| MOSCOW, December 21, 2003. /RIA Novosti/. The Yabloko
party will not participate in the presidential elections, said Yabloko
leader Grigory Yavlinsky.
"The party will not nominate a presidential candidate," Yavlinsky
reported after the Yabloko congress. Previously the Yabloko leader had
been nominated for the presidency three times.
The congress lasted two days. A group of deputies intended to include
on the agenda a vote of no-confidence in the party leadership, however,
most deputies refused to discuss it.
Yabloko lost the State Duma elections. It failed to gain the requisite
5 percent of votes and so wasn't included in the parliament for the first
Earlier, Yabloko representatives had announced the possibility of nominating
a single presidential candidate together with the Union of Right-Wing
Forces headed by Boris Nemtsov, Anatoly Chubais and Irina Khakamada.
The presidential elections will take place in Russia on March 14, 2004.
The 12th Congress
State Duma elections 2003