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Duma of Blagoveshchensk proposes to abolish direct elections of mayor
The Blagoveshchensk Duma plans to amend the city charter, abolishing direct elections of the mayor and giving the City Duma the right to elect a mayor from among the candidates proposed by the competition committee, Kommersant reports. Prior to the adoption of the amendment to the charter, the City Duma must hold public hearings, which are scheduled for May 13.
United Russia explain their initiative with budget savings. Early elections for the mayor of Blagoveshchensk were to be held in September after the head of the city, Alexander Kozlov, was appointed acting governor, replacing Oleg Kozhemyako on this post.
Как reported earlier EastRussia is a similar legislative initiative being implemented in other regions of the Far East and Transbaikalia. So in the Charter of the city of Irkutsk adopted changes, in accordance with which the mayor of the city will now elect from among the deputies for a period of five years. The old charter envisaged a direct election procedure.