4 May 2018 18:31

Duma may consider president's nomination for PM on May 8

MOSCOW. May 4 (Interfax) - If the Russian president nominates a candidate for prime minister on May 7, the State Duma will consider the nomination at its May 8 session, Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said.

"We have decided on the following procedure: the State Duma Committee on Control and Rules of Procedure should draw up a procedure for consenting to the Russian president's appointment of a prime minister at the next State Duma plenary session and submit it to the Duma Council for its meeting scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on May 7," Volodin told journalists on Friday.

Before the matter is considered at a plenary session, the parliamentary factions will meet with the candidate for prime minister, he said.

"We are tentatively planning that a meeting with United Russia will be held at 4:00 p.m. and one with LDPR at 6:00 p.m. on May 7, and one with the Communist Party at 10:00 a.m. and A Just Russia at noon on May 8," Volodin said.

In this scenario, the Duma will open its plenary session to consider consenting to the president's endorsement of the nominee at 3:00 p.m. on May 8, he said.

It is possible Russian President Vladimir Putin will nominate a candidate after he takes office on May 7, Volodin said.

Putin's presidential inauguration is scheduled for noon on May 7.