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Russia's Duma speaker Gryzlov resigns

12-15-2011 14:16 BJT

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The Speaker of Russia’s State Duma, the lower house of the parliament, Boris Gryzlov, has surrendered his seat in the parliament.

Wednesday’s decision means Gryzlov gives up the post of Duma’s chairman, It will also leave him out of the choice of next chairman. Gryzlov says it’s ethically wrong to serve as a speaker for two consecutive terms, though it’s legal.

During his eight years as speaker, he played a crucial role in pacifying the parliament. Gryzlov is intensely loyal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He says he will remain United Russia’s chairman.

Boris Gryzlov, speaker of Russia's State Duma and party
leader, speaks during the United Russia congress in
Moscow in this September 23, 2011, file photo. Longtime
Russian parliament speaker Gryzlov, the day-to-day head
of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's ruling United Russia
party, said on Wednesday he would not take his seat in
the State Duma lower house elected last week. REUTERS/
Sergei Karpukhin/Files (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS)


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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