The Federation Council failed to adopt the Duma election bill compromise June 14, Moscow’s Mayak radio reported. Council speaker Vladimir Shumeiko expressed confidence that the parliament’s upper house would ultimately approve the measure and allow elections to proceed on time. Ostankino television on June 13 provided some additional details on the compromise measure: It requires that parties hoping to field party lists in the elections collect one million signatures each. Second, it allows state officials to run for the parliament without giving up their positions. And third, it restricts the number of candidates on any particular party list to 12. All three of these modifications help Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin’s “party of power” and hurt the reformers and democrats.
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