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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Impeachment Stymied

MOSCOW -- A Communist-backed impeachment motion against President Boris Yeltsin hit a snag Tuesday when lawmakers failed to agree on setting up a panel to draw up formal charges.

The parliament's lower house, the State Duma, must create a commission made up of representatives of all factions to prepare an indictment. The Duma will then have to vote by a two-thirds majority to launch impeachment proceedings.

When the Communists called for the commission's creation Tuesday, the pro-government Our Home Is Russia faction said it didn't want to take part, bringing the move to a grinding halt.

The impeachment motion "is an absolutely unrealistic and pointless affair,'' deputy head of the liberal Yabloko faction Sergei Ivanenko said.