The February 16 run-off elections to Chechnya’s 63-member parliament have been declared valid, election officials said yesterday. Thirty deputies were elected in addition to the five elected in the first round on January 27, when a 900-candidate field made it hard to score the outright majority required to win a seat. Repeat elections will have to be held in another 28 constituencies, where, because of low turnout, no deputy was elected. Another round is expected within two months. (Itar-Tass, AP, April 17) Until then, the new parliament will not be able to convene since it will lack the 42 members required to make up a quorum, Russian Television reported. The old parliament will meet in the interim and there is speculation that President Aslan Maskhadov may decide to rule by decree. (RTR, February 17)
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