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MOSCOW, July 4 (Itar-Tass) - The Communist faction at the State Duma lower house of the Russian parliament gathered the crucial 90 votes to bring forward the initiative calling for a vote of no-confidence in the government, deputy faction leader Sergei Reshulsky told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
"The process is not over yet; people keep joining," Reshulsky said, adding that lawmakers from A Just Russia faction are supporting the initiative.
Currently, work is underway at the draft of the substantiated conclusion.
The lawmaker did not commit himself to predicting the date when the motion might be put up for consideration, noting that the parliament would work next week, too, despite the fact that the final session this term ends this Friday.
The Communists announced the no confidence initiative in connection with the controversial reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
According to Article 117 of the Russian Constitution, the parliament may express no confidence in the government. The relevant resolution is passed by a majority of votes in the 450-seat parliament. After no confidence vote, the president may announce the resignation of the Cabinet or disagree with the State Duma's decision. If the house passes a no-confidence vote a second time, the head of state has to dismiss the government or dissolve the State Duma.