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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Budget 'Can Be Passed'

MOSCOW -- The State Duma can pass the draft 2000 budget before a Dec. 19 parliamentary election if it maintains a planned schedule, a senior Duma official said Friday.

"If we maintain this schedule, the budget can be passed before the year end," First Deputy Speaker Boris Kuznetsov told deputies.

The lower house of parliament's current session ends Dec. 3, although there will be a ceremonial meeting Dec. 24.

The Duma has decided to consider the draft 2000 budget in its second reading Nov. 5, has tentatively scheduled a third reading for Nov. 29 and plans a final fourth reading on Dec. 3.