MOSCOW, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday he would not compete with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in the 2012 presidential elections.
"I don't want to see a power struggle. It would be bad for Russia," Medvedev was quoted by RIA Novosti news agency as saying.
He said he did not know who would run for the elections. "It might be Medvedev. It might be Putin and it might be someone else," he said, adding that whoever wins should be devoted to promoting Russia's stable development as both he and Putin had done
"The country must have an opportunity to develop stably. The country must live under a predictable scenario," Medvedev said.
Putin has not made his decision either but he has said that, before 2012, he and Medvedev will reach an agreement on the issue.
As Putin's hand-picked successor, Medvedev was inaugurated in May 2008 as the then president Putin's hand-picked successor. Putin became the prime minister one day later.
In a poll last week, 27 percent of the 1,600 participants said they would vote for Putin and 20 percent said they preferred Medvedev, the Levada polling center said Monday.