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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zhukov Appointed

MOSCOW -- The head of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, said Tuesday that moderate Alexander Zhukov had agreed to head the chamber's key budget committee.

The committee has been without a head since the new Duma convened Jan. 18 and the chamber's smaller factions walked out in protest against a deal between majority groups to carve up the speaker's position and most committees between them.

Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov told reporters that Zhukov's Russian Regions group, one of four that stormed out of the chamber, would take part in Wednesday's plenary meeting when Zhukov was expected to be confirmed as budget committee head.

Zhukov, a widely respected figure who held the post in the previous Duma and has worked with various heads of government over the past two years, was not immediately available for comment.