MOSCOW, February 7 (Itar-Tass) —— Representatives of all non-parliamentary parties are ready to go the State Duma for the discussion of the president’s bills on the political system reform. True, the invitation that sounded within the walls of the lower house on Tuesday was received with varying degree of enthusiasm.
“Certainly, why not,” Sergei Mitrokhin, the chairman of Yabloko party, told ltar-Tass. He said he hoped to receive the invitation to the discussion of all the bills, not just the bill on the procedure of signature collection. He said this compensates in some measure for the refusal of the State Duma to invite non-parliamentary parties to the latest question-and-answer session on the results of the election to the State Duma, on which Yabloko insisted.
Yevgeny Shevchenko, the chairman of the control commission of the Patriots of Russia party, recalled that it was precisely members of the Patriots of Russia who made the request for participation in the discussion of the package of the bills. The party’s chairman Gennady Semigin suggested to the State Duma that the initiatives of the Russian president and related initiatives should be discussed in a package with the participation of all the registered parties, both parliamentary and non-parliamentary.
Shevchenko said the party prepares proposals for the meeting. They refer to the bills submitted to the Duma and the party’s initiatives for perfecting the political system and election laws.
He recalled that non-parliamentary parties were invited to the meeting on the discussion of labor legislation in 2010, and a number of the party’s proposals were implemented in the framework of the Duma’s lawmaking activities.
Leader of the Right Cause party Andrei Dunayev, now visiting regions in preparation for a congress due in February, could not be reached for comment, but representatives of the party never lose an opportunity to express their views.
Speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin on Tuesday confirmed the intention to invite non-parliamentary parties to the State Duma for the discussion of the political system reform.
According to Russian legislation, parties not represented in the State Duma have a right to participate in the plenary meetings of the house once a year. The last time representatives of all registered parties gathered in the State Duma was in 2010. There were no such meetings in 2011.