MOSCOW, September 27 (Itar-Tass) — Two candidacies - those of State Duma Members Alexei Mitrofanov and Andrei Tumanov -- will be suggested for the position of chairman of a Duma committee on the media, House Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak told journalists here on Thursday at the close of the House Council meeting. He said that the faction of "A Just Russia" party suggested Tumanov's candidacy as an alternative.
Earlier, the LDPR faction nominated Mitrofanov, who had been supported Wednesday by the United Russia party (URP) faction which represents a parliamentary majority.
House Deputy Speaker Andrei Vorobyov, the leader of URP members in the House, pointed out that Mitrofamov, if his nomination is confirmed, would have four First Deputies, one from each faction. "In such a format, the Committee will cooperate with the media," he added
"We decided that we uphold the LDPR faction's proposal and that Mitrofanov's candidacy to chair the media committee will be supported by our faction when it will be discussed," Vorobyov added.
The agenda item concerning the institution of a new committee -- that on information policy, information technologies, and communications -- and the election of its chairman will be discussed on Friday, September 28.