Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic party, expects to be the second presidential candidate officially registered by the Central Election Commission, following Gennady Zyuganov, whose candidacy was registered Monday. Zhirinovsky is now in Libya, but his press secretary told Interfax that 1.2 million signatures will shortly be submitted on his behalf. As for the left-wing coalition set up last weekend in support of Zyuganov, the press secretary quoted Zhirinovsky as saying "Only the weak join a coalition." He said the Liberal Democrats will not align with anyone or transfer their votes to anyone, even if Zhirinovsky fails to qualify for the second round of voting. (9)
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