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Suit brought against Yekaterinburg Duma meeting that installed Roizman as mayor

September 26, 2013, 12:00 UTC+3
A Just Russia and Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice claim there was no quorum
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Photo ITAR-TASS/Anton Butsenko

Photo ITAR-TASS/Anton Butsenko

YEKATERINBURG, September 26 (Itar-Tass) - The political parties A Just Russia and Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice have brought a joint suit to a court to declare the meeting of the Yekaterinburg City Duma, which confirmed Yevgeny Roizman as mayor, illegitimate, State Duma member Alexander Burkov from Just Russia told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The city Duma meeting was held on September 24.

"We believe the decisions of the meeting are illegitimate, because there was no quorum. According to the procedural regulations, if there is no quorum, the second meeting must be held no later than in seven days, and deputies must be informed about it at least three days before, but not in a few minutes as it was on September 24, he said.

The suit was brought to the Leninsky district court in Yekaterinburg.

On September 24, city parliament members from A Just Russia and the Party of Pensioners attempted to disrupt the Duma meeting, which was planned to confirm Yevgeny Roizman as mayor and take decisions to form a contest commission to elect a city manager. However, the Duma held the second meeting and confirmed Roizman as city head.

Opposition deputies, who believe the elections of deputies were rigged, boycotted the meeting. At the same time, they do not question the legitimacy of the mayor election, but they are sure the results of elections of city Duma members were rigged. They refer to data of several exit polls.

Meanwhile, Mayor Yevgeny Roizman believes the meeting is legitimate. "I've read the regulations that stipulate that the second meeting must be held no later than in seven days. However, there is no minimal period. So, the city Duma decision is legitimate," he said, commenting on the opposition deputies' statement.

After the September 8 elections, United Russia has 21 seats in the city’s Duma, A Just Russia has seven, Civic Platform three, the Communist Party two, the Party of Pensioners two and the LDPR has one. 

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