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Putin to deliver speech ahead of first meeting of newly-elected Duma

October 05, 8:31 UTC+3 MOSCOW
On October 5, the 7th State Duma, formed following the September 18 elections, will hold its first plenary meeting
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MOSCOW, October 5. /TASS/. The 7th State Duma, formed following the September 18 elections, will hold its first plenary meeting on Wednesday.

The meeting will be preceded by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech.

"The president will start his day in the State Duma. At the first meeting, he will address deputies of the new convocation," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday.

The ruling United Russia party obtained 343 seats in the 450-seat State Duma in the September 18 elections, securing a constitutional majority. The Communist Party got 42 seats and the LDPR 39 seats. The party A Just Russia will have 23 seats. The Homeland and Civil Platform obtained one seat each. One seat went to self-nominated candidate Vladislav Reznik, who has already joined the United Russia faction.

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