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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bill would give greater powers to presidency

President Boris Yeltsin has prepared a draft law aimed at giving the presidency sweeping powers, including the authority to dissolve parliament, according to a document made available to reporters at a session of the Supreme Soviet on Monday.

The bill would give the president the power to dissolve parliament in case of a vote of no confidence. In addition, the document gives the president the right to name government officials - except for the prime minister - without parliamentary approval.

The law has little chance of being passed in its current form, although it is ostensibly the fulfillment of a promise Yeltsin made to parliament as a condition for temporarily retaining his authority to rule by decree.

More likely, Yeltsin proposed the law to buy time for his reform plans. While parliament debates the proposals; Yeltsin automatically receives an extension of the period in which his increased powers remain in effect.