January 01, 2008

Notebook



No on Referenda

The Duma voted to amend the law “On Referenda” in such a manner that may outlaw referenda altogether. The new amendments make it impossible to hold a referendum on “issues within the competency of the government.” Since the Duma can pass federal laws on any issue, this amendment makes all referenda illegal, according to Kommersant. The law was passed in the Duma by a margin of 306-54.

 


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