December 15, 2017 / 7:41 AM / in 4 months

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.

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

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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