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Irkutsk refused direct election of the mayor
In Irkutsk, the head of the city administration will be appointed by a special commission. The corresponding bill in final reading was adopted by the deputies of the regional Legislative Duma. Parliamentarians also considered the possibility of direct mayoral elections, but this initiative did not gain a majority.
Direct mayoral elections in Irkutsk were canceled in 2014. Since then, the head of the city has been elected from among the deputies. According to the press service of the regional Legislative Assembly, the new system expands the number of potential candidates. In theory, anyone can participate in the competition for this position.
In the first reading, the bill was adopted in the spring. Then the residents of Irkutsk held a rally against the introduction of a city management system, which gathered about one thousand people. Nevertheless, the law was passed in the second and final reading.