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Medvedev gives up his mandate in new Duma: Interfax

12-15-2011 18:53 BJT

MOSCOW, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has given up his lawmaker's mandate as a deputy in the new State Duma, or the lower house of the parliament, according to local media Thursday.

Citing the president's press secretary Natalya Timakova, the Interfax news agency said Medvedev had notified the Central Election Commission (CEC) of his intention early this week.

Medvedev might hand over his seat in the Duma to Irina Yarovaya, a representative of the ruling United Russia from the Far East region of Kamchatka, according to local reports.

Under Russian law, an elected candidate must either reject or confirm their mandate as a State Duma deputy within five days of the official results of the parliamentary elections being made public.

The CEC officially announced last Friday that United Russia, whose candidates list was led by Medvedev in the elections, gained 238 out of 450 seats and kept an absolute majority in the new State Duma.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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