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The State Duma confirmed the appointment of Sergei Stepashin as Russian Audit Chamber Chairman
The State Duma confirmed the appointment of Sergei Stepashin as Russian Audit Chamber Chairman. Three hundred and seventy-six deputies voted in his favor while he needed 226 votes to secure the appointment. Nobody voted against and four deputies abstained from voting. Sergei Stepashin occupied the post of the Audit Chamber Chairman since April 2004. His term of office expires in April 2006. In mid-December Audit Chamber chairman Mr. Stepashin and his deputy Mr. Alexander Semikolennykh sent in their resignations to the head of state. They did so in implementation of the new federal law On Making Amendments in the Law on the Audit Chamber, changing the procedure of appointing the chairman and his deputy. Under the new law, the president submits the chairman and the deputy candidatures to the State Duma and the Federation Council (upper chamber of parliament) for approval. In such a manner, Mr. Stepashin requested a vote of confidence from the President. The Russian president proposed for State Duma consideration the candidature of Mr.Sergei Stepashin as the chairman of the Audit Chamber on January 27. However, in order to approve his candidature, it had to accept his resignation first
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