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MOSCOW, April 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he hoped the All-Russia Popular Front (ONF) will take an active part in the discussion of bills.
Representatives from the Front hold as many as 238 seats in the United Russia faction in the State Duma lower parliament house, he said. Moreover, as many as 80 lawmakers unaffiliated with any party took Duma seats on the Front’s ticket. “The All-Russia Popular Front should retain its influence on the party and take an active part in elaborating decisions to be passed by both the United Russia and other factions in the Russian parliament,” he told a meeting of the Front’s coordination board.
Another area of work, according to the prime minister, is to examine bills prepared by the State Duma. He said such practice already exists. “I mean the preliminary discussion of the law on healthcare. Here our colleagues were active as never before,” he said and added that the final document is quite acceptable although it is of a compromise character. Apart from that, the representatives of the All-Russia Popular Front took part in the work on the bill on education, and on the draft federal budget for 2013-2014, Putin added.
Still another area of activity for the Popular Front is work with municipalities. “We know only too well that the majority of problems people are facing are settled at the local level,” Putin said. “It is necessary to offer assistance to municipal officials, to those who work in corresponding power bodies, and to carry out serious work to explain to people their rights.”