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Communists name ten reasons for government’s resignation

July 08, 2013, 14:03 UTC+3

A ten reason conclusion has already been signed by 101 parliamentarians

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MOSCOW, July 8 (Itar-Tass) - The Communist Party has announced ten reasons for passing a no confidence motion against the government and will submit its initiative for public discussion.

“We have prepared ten reasons for the government’s resignation,” Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov told a news conference on Monday.

Initially, a bill reforming the Russian Academy of Sciences thrust this initiative forward.

“The fact of submitting this bill concerning the Academy proves that the government is unable to take well-thought measures even on key problems,” he said.

Meanwhile, “it is high time for taking a new course, new industrialization is knocking on the doors,” while the government in its current composition is unable to translate it into reality.

He said a ten reason conclusion was signed by 101 parliamentarians.

“We have officially taken a decision to put this initiative for nationwide discussion and later taking into account opinions of citizens to submit it to the State Duma for consideration,” he said.

Thus, communists revive their idea of a popular referendum that has been repeatedly used in their strategy and tactic.

Among reasons for the government’s resignation communists name ineffective economic and financial policy, “predatory privatization of state property”, accession to the World Trade Organization under conditions disadvantageous for Russia, reduction of social guarantees and the lack of economic growth.

Communists expressed confidence that the Cabinet should be replaced with a coalition government - “the government of national interests and of popular trust.” This government’s priorities will be nationalization of mineral resources, decent wages and pensions and Russia’s national security.

“We are ready to bring this initiative forward it already tomorrow, but we hope for wide support of citizens,” he said.

“We will get strong support of the society and will submit the document for consideration in late August-early September,” the party’s deputy chairman and Duma deputy speaker Ivan Melnikov.

Melnikov said among those who signed the initiative are 92 communists and nine members of A Fair Russia.

Last week the Communist Party announced it started a process to bring on a no confidence vote following the reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Under the Russian Constitution the State Duma may pass a no confidence vote against the government. This decision is taken by the majority of votes from the total number of MPs. There are 450 legislators in the lower house. After MPs pass a no confidence vote the president has the right to announce the government’s resignation or disagree with the State Duma. If within three months the lower house of parliament repeatedly holds a no confidence vote, the president will announce the government’s resignation or dissolve the State Duma.

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