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  • Uli Schamiloglu
    RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC ___________________________________________________________ RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 8, No. 206, Part I, 1
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      RFE/RL NEWSLINE Vol. 8, No. 206, Part I, 1 November 2004

      The State Duma on 29 October passed in its first reading an
      administration-sponsored bill that would eliminate the direct
      election of regional governors and replace it with a system under
      which local legislatures approve candidates nominated by the
      president, Russian and international media reported. According to
      RIA-Novosti, the vote was 365-65, with four abstentions. Before the
      vote, presidential envoy to the Duma Aleksandr Kosopkin told deputies
      that the measure is constitutional because citizens will still be
      choosing their executive-branch heads, albeit through their elected
      representatives in the legislatures. Deputies are expected to
      consider the bill in its second reading on 16 November. Central
      Election Commission (TsIK) Chairman Aleksandr Veshnyakov told
      Interfax on 30 October that the bill could become law as early as
      mid-December. RC

      ...AS SOME SUGGEST CHANGES TO BILL. TsIK Chairman Veshnyakov also
      told the news agency on 30 October that the bill should be amended
      before its final adoption. He said that nominees to head regional
      executive branches should be compelled to submit annual
      income-and-asset statements, that there should be a mechanism by
      which political parties can suggest candidates for the president to
      nominate, that the current two-term limitation for regional
      executives should be maintained, and that the law should expire after
      10 years. State Council of Tatarstan Chairman Farid Mukhametshin on
      31 October expressed his concern about the provision of the bill that
      empowers the president to disband any regional legislature that twice
      fails to accept his nominee, newsru.com reported. The legislature of
      the Chuvash Republic on 28 October also expressed its objections to
      this provision, "Nezavisimaya gazeta" reported on 29 October. RC

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