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Russian State Duma Rejects Upper House Appeal

Moscow, March 20 (RFE/RL) - Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, today rejected an appeal of the Federation Council, the upper house, to reconsider a resolution aimed at restoring the Soviet Union.

The Duma adopted the resolution last week.

Our correspondent quotes Duma representatives as saying that only 109 deputies voted for a review of last week's decision, far short of the required 226 votes.

The Federation Council decision will not be discussed by all Duma factions until the next session on Friday.

The Duma resolution denouncing the 1991 decision to create the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has led to a row between the communist-dominated lower house and President Boris Yeltsin.

Federation Council members called yesterday to postpone the presidential elections, slated for June 16, in view of the Duma move. But the Central Election Committee ruled this out.