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Parliament May Scrap Direct Vote for Governors
26.01.2013 23:51
Parliament May Scrap Direct Vote for Governors
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Russian MPs have passed in first reading a bill that would empower Russian regions not to elect their governor directly.

According to the draft law, regional parliaments will be given the right to choose between direct vote and appointment by legislatures.

The proposal has been seen by critics as a conservative attempt to torpedo the law on direct vote signed by former president Medvedev on May 2, 2012 in the wake of mass pro-democracy protests, and return to the previous status-quo when regional leaders were handpicked by the Kremlin. 

Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Russian parliament Russian laws    

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