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Duma Debates Modified Bill On Governors

4 October 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Russia's State Duma began debate today on a bill handed in by President Vladimir Putin that modifies his controversial law on appointing regional governors.

The new bill would see political parties that win the highest share of the vote in regional polls proposing in addition their own gubernatorial candidate to the president.

Russian Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov spoke to reporters in Moscow today about the bill.

"Another center of discussion of future candidacies for regional leadership is now emerging," Gryzlov said. "It is very important that this center will be in the regional legislature. The president will now select [local governors] not only from candidates proposed by his envoy [in the region] but also from candidates proposed by the party which wins regional elections."

Meanwhile, a Russian regional legislature that last week announced it would mount a court challenge to the Kremlin voted today to recall it.

Lawmakers in Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow, had voted to file a motion in the Constitutional Court challenging Putin's right to appoint regional governors.

Today, however, they voted 27-3, with one abstention, to recall the challenge, after what one lawmaker, Oleg Vinogradov, alleged was strong Kremlin pressure.


See also:

"Putin Takes Control Of The Status Quo Through Gubernatorial Appointments"