Lawmakers from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party have refused to support a taxation bill proposed by the Finance Ministry© RIA Novosti. Ilya Pitalev
MOSCOW, May 29 (RIA Novosti)
Lawmakers from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party have refused to support a taxation bill proposed by the Finance Ministry, the first case of public opposition to a government initiative by United Russia MPs in the past few years, the Russian media is reporting on Tuesday.
A debate broke out in the parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, when a lawmaker from A Just Russia party, Andrei Krutov, proposed excluding the government bill modifying the regulations of interest payments for Eurobonds from the agenda of the State Duma’s May 25 session, reports said.
The initiative was supported by the government’s State Duma representative, Andrei Loginov, who said the bill requires additional discussions with the cabinet.
But Andrei Makarov, the United Russia member who heads the State Duma budget committee, insisted that bills should be discussed publicly in parliament.
“The parliament has virtually handed over all its budget powers to the Finance Ministry,” he was quoted by the Moskovski Komsomolets daily as saying. “This is very convenient both for the government and the parliament. But the budget process should not be governed by the principle of convenience.”
State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin, also a United Russia member, voiced support for Makarov, the Vedomosti daily said.
As a result, the bill was not excluded from the agenda of Friday’s session, but lawmakers were short of time to discuss it, the reports said.
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- lmTheir main goals are to oppose after all they are the opposition sadly do it has became an obsession with little control in the future.12:16, 29/05/2012A growing opposition in the Duma?
by Anna Sulimina at 21/05/2012 21:30
While protest action on the streets of Moscow may be grinding to an unsteady halt, in the State Duma, it is just heating up.
Emboldened by this winter’s upsurge of protest activity, the opposition parties that hold just under half of the seats in the State Duma are becoming increasingly rebellious.
Recent months have seen a spat of disagreements in the Duma from the Communist, Just Russia and Liberal Democratic (LDPR) parties – three groups which, despite officially being called opposition, have long toed the line of the ruling United Russia party.
The power of the three formerly dormant parties became evident last week when their deputies threatened to walk out of parliament if United Russia tried to debate a controversial bill that raises fines for protesters to up to 1.5 million rubles ($48,000).
Not related but we can now see how the oppsition has became increasingly opsite to anything the Ruling party is doing..
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