Friday, November 24, 2017

Yevgeny Roizman maintains legitimacy of post as Yekaterinburg mayor

Yekaterinburg Mayor Yevgeny Roizman said recently that he believes the Yekaterinburg Duma's approval of his post is legitimate.

"Along with the lawyers, a prosecutor attended a meeting of the city legislature," Roizman said, according to ITAR-TASS. "If some violations had been found, he would have taken proper decisions urgently."

Deputies from A Just Russia and the Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice tried to foil a meeting of the Yekaterinburg city legislature on Tuesday, but the meeting convened and the mayor was approved. The opposition lawmakers intend to appeal the decision in the court.

Yevgeny Artyukh, the deputy of the legislative assembly in the Sverdlovsk region, said the presence of two-thirds of the assembly is necessary for a quorum, which was not present at the city meeting. Under Russian law, fewer than two-thirds would have sufficed for a quorum at a repeated meeting, which could not be set earlier than Thursday. Officials, however, scheduled the meeting on Wednesday, which Artyukh said is the origin of the alleged violation.

"I have read the regulations," Roizman said, ITAR-TASS reports. "They hold that a repeated meeting should be held no later than in seven days. However, the minimal term is not set. Therefore, the decision of the city's legislature is legitimate."