Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Saturday the country’s system of public administration should be changed, and offered to establish a ‘large government’, which will cooperate with the ruling party and public representatives.
“It will act in cooperation with the ruling party, which may form such a government, with United Russia, the civil society, experts, regional and municipal administrations, and with all the people ready to vote for us. And even with those who don’t agree with us, in case they are ready for it,” he said at a televised meeting with his supporters.
Medvedev said that he planned to discuss the structure of the future Cabinet and the principles of its functioning during the election campaign. Medvedev leads the election list of the ruling United Russia party, which will run for parliament on December 4.
“I plan to discuss the system of public administration with you, with other people and with our whole civil society,” the president told his supporters.
However, the opposition parties expressed concern that the expert committees in the "broader government" would eventually replace parliament.
Sergei Ivanov of the Liberal Democratic Party LDPR said it would be difficult for such new government to be efficient. "If there will be endless consultations with people, there will be no real action," he said.
Vladimir Kashin of the Communist Party said the idea was "a game of people's government, of another democracy."