December 15, 2017 / 7:31 AM / 5 months ago

Russian parliament sets March 18 as presidential election date

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The upper house of the Russian parliament voted on Friday to set March 18 as the date of next year’s presidential election.

FILE PHOTO: A man stands outside the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, September 30, 2015. . REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

The decision was approved by the Russian senators unanimously, speaker Valentina Matvienko said after the vote.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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