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Duma rejects bill to lower parliamentary election barrier from five to 3%

February 12, 2014, 12:53 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. The State Duma on Wednesday has turned down a proposed amendment to the Law on election which envisages lowering the parliamentary election barrier from five to 3%.

The Duma rejected the proposed amendment when a bill on the return to a mixed election system was discussed at second reading.

The A Just Russia party had insisted on a lower election barrier (3%), claiming that if passed the amended bill "would promote the liberalization of the election system in Russia," said MP Alexander Tarnavsky from the A Just Russia party during Wednesday's debate.

The Duma has left in force a five-percent parliamentary election hurdle after first reading, pending final voting scheduled for 5.00 pm Wednesday.

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