Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Political groups bring suit against Duma confirmation of Roizman as "illegitimate"

A joint suit has been brought by political groups A Just Russia and the Russian Party of Pensioners for Justice, which allege that a meeting of the Yekaterinburg City Duma that confirmed Yevgeny Roizman as mayor was "illegitimate."

"We believe the decisions of the meeting are illegitimate, because there was no quorum," State Duma member Alexander Burkov of A Just Russia said, according to ITAR-TASS. "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 Sept. 24."

City parliament members from A Just Russia and the Party of Pensioners attempted to disrupt the Duma meeting. The Duma, however, held the second meeting and confirmed Roizman as city head. The meeting was boycotted by opposition deputies who believe the elections were rigged. Roizman, however, maintains that the meeting was legitimate.

"I've read the regulations that stipulate that the second meeting must be held no later than in seven days," Roizman said, ITAR-TASS reports. "However, there is no minimal period. So, the city Duma decision is legitimate."

Following the elections held earlier this month, seats in the city's Duma were distributed between the political parties as follows: United Russia with 21 seats, A Just Russia with seven, Civic Platform with three, the Communist Party with two, the Party of Pensioners with two and the LDPR with one.