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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Parties to Rejoin Duma




Two of the parties taking part in a boycott of the State Duma - Union of Right Forces and Yabloko - said Wednesday they were ready to end their protest.


The boycott was launched by the two liberal groups together with the Fatherland-All Russia bloc to protest a power-sharing deal between the Communist Party and the pro-Putin Unity group, the two biggest factions.


The protest left acting President Vladimir Putin at odds with his allies in the Union of Right Forces, or SPS, and threatened to cause problems for his bid for the presidency.


SPS and Yabloko said they were prepared to return to work in the chamber. "SPS considers it necessary that on Friday all the factions return to Duma meetings but for the time being the date has not been decided," SPS leader Sergei Kiriyenko said.


Kiriyenko said he would attend a meeting of the Duma's agenda-setting council Thursday to discuss a compromise. He secured a deal with Unity on Tuesday to coordinate legislative work and protect the rights of smaller parties.


Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky said his party would return on Feb. 9 after a break in the Duma's proceedings.


Former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, head of Fatherland-All Russia, said after meeting Putin that he had asked for new committees to be created to ensure representation for smaller parties.


"I put our position forward, and he [Putin] asked for time to think about it," Primakov told reporters.