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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aide Implies Yeltsin to Run

MOSCOW -- The chief spokesman of the Russian President said on Friday democratic forces were right in counting on Boris Yeltsin for 1996 presidential elections.

Vyacheslav Kostikov also told Interfax news agency the "time was coming" for Yeltsin to make a final decision. Kostikov's remarks were the strongest indication so far that the Russian leader would stand in the presidential polls.

Yeltsin, 63, has said he would decide later whether to stand for the next term. Earlier age restrictions for candidates were removed when a new Russian constitution was passed in December.

Many leading forces in the democratic camp, which is split into several factions, have said that only Yeltsin has a chance to unite all reformers and secure their victory. Interfax quoted Kostikov as saying he considered it justified that "democrats are betting on B.Yeltsin in 1996," adding that Yeltsin "should not be shy and should present himself as president-democrat."