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Russians defeat the candidate "against all", as Putin's third term

June 30 2005

The State Duma adopted on second reading the amendments in 9 of the Act and 4 of the Code relating to the electoral law at 323 votes for and 66 against.

The only amendment that has not passed - this amendment, which with a light hand journalists were called "Amendment of the third term." Vladimir Pligin said that "in terms of legal technique and further elaboration of this issue," said the right to delete the amendment of the new law.

Among the amendments adopted: the abolition of electoral blocs at the local level, lowering the threshold of voter turnout in the elections of local governments up to 20%, giving the regions the right to exclude from the count of ballots "against all".

Final reading of presidential bill is scheduled for next week, reports REGNUM.

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