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MOSCOW, June 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak at the plenary session of the State Duma, lower house of parliament on Wednesday.
Another session of the lower house of parliament ends this week. This will be the last one for the State Duma line-up of the current convocation.
As expected, the president will sum up the five year terms of this State Duma line-up.
Currently, the lower house of parliament comprises 238 representatives of the United Russia, 92 deputies of the Communist Party, 64 from the Just Russia and 56 from the Liberal Democratic Party.
Putin set the date of the election to the State Duma of the seventh convocation on September 18t. For the first time after a long break, the election will be held using a mixed system: 225 deputies will be elected on party lists, 225 in single-member constituencies.
In previous years, Putin only once attended the last plenary session of the State Duma of the fifth convocation in 2011, when he was prime minister. Speaking at that session Putin said:
"There are still many uncertainty and risk factors ahead. In conditions of storm and crisis it is very important to ensure that the whole team worked smoothly, not to let the boat capsize."
Another quote from Putin’s speech at that session is still relevant: "We, Russia, are facing new and great challenges and we can solve them only together, recognizing our common responsibility to the country and its citizens. I am sure that the constructive dialogue of executive and legislative branches will be further developed.".