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Russia: Communists Mull No-Confidence Vote

Moscow, 30 September 1997 (RFE/RL) - Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov today struck back at Boris Yeltsin a day after the Russian President accused the opposition-dominated State Duma of holding up key government legislation.

Yeltsin lashed out at the Duma for failing to pass next year's budget and a new tax code aimed at simplifying the country's tax system. He also criticized the legislators for rejecting the government's welfare cuts and overriding a presidential veto of a restrictive land code that prohibits the sale of farmland. Yeltsin even suggested he might disband the parliament if it continued to be uncooperative.

But Zyuganov said today that his faction doesn't fear a presidential dissolution of parliament, although the communist leader said he viewed Yeltsin's veiled threat as "quite serious."

Zyuganov said the Communists would decide next Tuesday whether to hold a no confidence vote in the government.

Under Russian law, Yeltsin can disband the State Duma if lawmakers vote no confidence in the cabinet.