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Medvedev could lower hurdles for parties

Medvedev could lower hurdles for parties

President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday that Russian election laws may eventually be amended to make it easier for political parties to win Parliament seats.
Medvedev said that the 7 percent vote threshold parties must clear to win seats in the State Duma could be lowered. He said the threshold and legal hurdles for registering political parties are "not forever" and might be revised.
"Perhaps there are incongruities and things that have become obsolete," he said during a meeting with the head of Just Russia, a Kremlin-backed party widely seen as having been set up to detract some support from the dominant United Russia party.
The regulations were introduced under Medvedev's predecessor and mentor Vladimir Putin before 2007 parliamentary elections that solidified Kremlin control over the legislature.
Opposition groups said the regulations are among the factors that have ensured dominance for United Russia, now led by Putin, who is prime minister.
Medvedev, who has positioned himself as a cautious liberal but largely followed Putin's policies, has recently said the country needs stronger political competition.


Updated : 2021-07-26 04:22 GMT+08:00