Medvedev: Russia may ease political hurdles
Associated Press
2009-05-05 10:49 PM
President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia may amend its election laws to make it easier for political parties to win Parliament seats.

Medvedev said Tuesday that the 7-percent threshold of the vote that parties must clear to win seats in the State Duma could be lowered. He said the threshold and legal hurdles for registering political parties are "not forever" and might be revised.

The regulations were introduced under his predecessor Vladimir Putin before 2007 parliamentary elections that solidified Kremlin control over the legislature.

Opposition groups say the rules are one reason why Putin's United Russia party has been so dominant.

Medvedev has recently said Russia needs stronger political competition.

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