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City Duma to Expand

The number of deputies in the Moscow City Duma will grow from 35 to 45, and the duration of their term in office will be increased from four to five years, the United Russia party said Wednesday.

United Russia, which controls the City Duma, has introduced a draft for the changes to the legislature, though a date for a first reading has not been set. The bill is available on the City Duma’s web site.

A law signed by President Dmitry Medvedev in April says legislative bodies in cities with a population of more than 2 million must have 45 to 110 seats. 


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