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Law allowing single deputy factions in regional legislative assemblies has been signed

June 4, 2010

Dmitry Medvedev signed Federal Law On General Principles Governing the Organisation of Legislative (Representative) and Executive Bodies of State Power in the Constituent Entities of the Russian Federation.

The law stipulates, in particular, that a faction consisting of a sole deputy has the right to exist, if such deputy is the only person from among the candidates of a particular political party who received a mandate following vote-counting and seats distribution among all contender parties.

The law’s provisions also ensure the rights of deputies representing ‘minor parties’ to adequate participation in regional legislatures. Specifically, such deputies will have the right to make speeches at sessions, nominate candidates for senior office in the region, and so on.

June 4, 2010