The Central Electoral
Commission registered the initiative group of voters proposing
Grigory Yavlinsky as presidential candidate.
On January 24, 2000, the Central Electoral Commission (CEC)
of the Russian Federation registered the initiative group
of the voters, proposing Yabloko's leader Grigory Yavlinsky
as presidential candidate.
The CEC has already registered 103 plenipotentiary representatives
of this initiative group.
All the documents submitted in support of Grigory Yavlinsky
areirreproachable," said Olga Dubrovina, member of
the CEC, in her report to the commission. The documents
were submitted to the CEC on January 21, 2000.
From now on the initiative group is entitled to gather
the 500,000 signatures in support of Grigory Yavlinsky as
presidential candidate, as stipulated by Russian law. All
the required documents, as well as signatures, must be submitted
to the Central Electoral Commission by 6.00 p.m. on February
Council of Yabloko, Fatherland - All Russia and the Union
of Right-Wing Forces
proposes measures to resolve the parliamentary crisisThe
members of the Co-ordination Council of the three Duma factions
-Yabloko, Fatherland - All Russia and the Union of Right-Wing
Forces - are going to offer the deputies of other factions
and deputies' groups a number of measures aimed at resolving
the parliamentary crisis. The leader of the Yabloko faction
disclosed this information to journalists after a meeting
of the Co-ordination Council on January 24, 2000.
According to Grigory Yavlinsky, the members of the Co-ordination
Council demand a revision of the Duma's decision on the
division of the parliament's committees between the factions.
Yavlinsky said that the second proposal of the Co-ordination
Council involved the adoption by the Duma Council of a package
of priority draft laws (that also includes a draft law on
the refusal by deputies of privileges and immunity) proposed
by these three factions.
The three factions also demand amendments to the Regulations
ofthe Duma, to ensure that minority deputy factions and
groups were no longer subject to "discriminatory measures",
as was already the case, so that they could work in normal
These proposals were submitted by the three factions at
a meeting convened by Gennady Seleznyov to be attended by
the leaders of all the six factions and three deputy groups.
Yavlinsky stressed: "At the same time we have not
broached the issue of the single-candidate election of the
Speaker, as well as some other issues, in order to demonstrate
our readiness to engage in constructive work in the Duma."
Based on Interfax reports.