St Petersburg, March 19 (RFE/RL) - The
presidential representative in St Petersburg says President Boris
Yeltsin might extend the term of Mayor Anatoly Sobchak into next
year. Presidential Representative Sergei Tsyplyaev is quoted by our
correspondent today as citing last week's controversial State Duma
vote on the USSR-CIS as justification for Yeltsin's possible action.
St Petersburg's Legislative Assembly had passed an electoral law
setting June 16 as the date for the city's election. Yeltsin,
however, is opposed to St Petersburg holding elections at the same
time as the presidential election - also June 16.
This month (March 12), Yeltsin issued a decree setting the date of St
Petersburg's election as May 19. Sobchak said he agreed with Yeltsin,
and submitted a revised draft of the electoral law. But, The
Legislative Assembly was unable to take action, because some deputies
walked out of the session. If the elections are to be held May 19, it
is necessary to pass a law by tomorrow (Wed, March 20) to provide for
sufficient time for the campaign, according to federal law.