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Russian Duma Rejects No-Confidence Motion


9 February 2005 -- Russia's parliament today turned down a vote of no confidence in the government.

Only 112 deputies in the 450-seat State Duma, the lower house of parliament, supported the no-confidence vote.

Opposition groups had pushed for the vote after controversial social welfare reforms triggered massive street protests.

The Kremlin-sponsored reforms replaced social benefits such as free public transport and subsidized medicines with cash payments.

Today's vote came after Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov accepted responsibility for the controversial reform.

(AP/AFP/Reuters)
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