Friday, April 2, 2010

Medvedev to discuss situation with party leaders

April 2, 2010 Moscow (Itar-Tass) President Dmitry Medvedev will discuss the situation in the country following the latest terrorist attacks in the Moscow metro and in Dagestan with leaders of parliamentary parties on Friday.
The meeting with United Russia Chairman and State Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov, Fair Russia leader and Federation Council speaker Sergei Mironov, Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov, and LDPR chief Vladimir Zhrinovsky was initially scheduled for Thursday, but was postponed as the president traveled to Makhachkala following a major terrorist act in Dagestan.
A high-ranking United Russia official told Tass Gryzlov will call to unite efforts in the fight against terrorism.
However Zyuganov will call to dismiss the government, which he said “is incapable of coping with any task”. “We shall never end corruption and terrorist acts if we do not have professionals on all levels,” Zyuganov said and called to revise “crazy and mediocre” army and police reform.
Fair Russia Party will warn against infringements on civil liberties in the fight against terrorism. “We shall urge that any actions of law enforcers do not affect civil freedoms,” leader of the party faction in the State Duma Nikolai Levichev said. He warned the political modernization announced by the president may stall and even backtrack because of calls to toughen and mount control in the country.
Besides, all parties except for the ruling United Russia will complain of unfair elections.
Zyuganov said several improvements have been made, however the latest election in March showed the system continues to favor the ruling party.
Mironov said he would submit a report to the president “with all the facts of unfair competition” at the March election.
Zhirinovsky will propose to hold regional elections once a year instead of current two times. He also wants to hold Duma elections in March 2011 instead of December to expand the break between parliamentary and presidential elections to one year. “It will help hold the presidential campaign in 2012 more efficiently and in a quieter regime,” he said.