SOCHI, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian
opposition Solidarity movement on Thursday nominated former
deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov to become mayor of the
Black Sea resort of Sochi.
Elections for a new mayor will be held on April 26, and
all nominations must be received by March 26. Nemtsov, who
served as deputy premier from 1997 to 1998, is expected to
officially confirm his candidature later on Thursday.
"I need to participate in these elections on behalf of the
people of Sochi, and if by some miracle the elections are held
honestly, then we have a 100% chance of winning," Nemtsov said
during a meeting of the Solidarity movement held in Sochi.
The city will host the Winter Olympics in 2014.
On October 30, 2008, the previous mayor, Vladimir
Afanasyenkov, resigned due to health problems.