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Duma suggests gubernatorial candidates should have executive experience

April 09, 2012, 21:13 UTC+3

These measures will help create a professional administrative system in regions and make their authorities truly legitimate

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MOSCOW, April 9 (Itar-Tass) —— The State Duma has suggested that gubernatorial candidates should have experience of work in executive bodies.

The chairman of the Duma Committee on the Federative System and Local Self-Government, Viktor Kidyayev of United Russia, said this requirement should be included in the relevant draft law before it goes for the second reading.

He also stressed the need for gubernatorial candidates to have the support of municipal legislatures and heads of municipal administrations.

“It is also necessary to introduce a provision that will require a gubernatorial candidate to have experience of work in executive bodies,” the MP said.

“These measures will help create a professional administrative system in regions and make their authorities truly legitimate,” he said.

The question of practical experience for gubernatorial candidates was earlier raised by Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State Development Sergei Ivanov of the Liberal Democratic Party, who admitted that he “voted against the draft law in the first reading”. He recalled that he had participated in public protests in Moscow and “people did not demand gubernatorial elections there”.

Ivanov also named several governors who had used to be career army officers or actors, but not managers. “One has to study to be a governor,” he said.

The State Duma has suggested lowering the age limit for gubernatorial candidates to 25 years.

The initiative was announced by Duma Budget and Tax Committee Chairman Gennady Kulik at a parliamentary hearing on Monday, April 9. The hearing focused on the preparation of the residential draft law on gubernatorial elections for the second reading.

“The draft law sets the age limit when a person can become a candidate for this high position at 30 years. I think that we unlawfully deny 16.5 million people aged 20 to 30 the right to try themselves out,” Kulik said. “I suggest making it 25 years. If a person works as governor for two terms, he will be a serious candidate to move forward and take up higher positions at the national level.”

Kulik said he knows “very many union ministers who were appointed at the age of 24-27”.

He also “asked the committee and other colleagues to try to describe concrete violations that will entail the loss of the [gubernatorial] job, such as “misuse of funding allocated from the federal budget for state target programmes, social welfare of people and other instances”.

State Duma Deputy Speaker Oleg Morozov of United Russia called for “using simple and clear rules, not formal criteria” when assessing the proposals made during the discussion.

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