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    DUMA VICE SPEAKER INSISTS CABINET BE FORMED OF POLITICAL PARTY MEMBERS

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    MOSCOW, February 3 (RIA Novosti) - The Cabinet that will be formed after the March 14 presidential elections must be made up of political party members, Oleg Morozov, Vice-Speaker of the State Duma and a member of the ruling United Russia party, told reporters on Tuesday.

    Mr Morozov recalled that during the Duma election campaign his party had continuously emphasized its intention to take part in the Cabinet formation. A group of MPs, including Mr Morozov, have proposed an amendment, which allows Cabinet ministers to hold political party membership. A responsible Cabinet that will, thereby, emerge will have the support of the Duma's majority party, said Mr Morozov.

    "This is not an infringement on the president's right to distribute Cabinet portfolios. We are just trying to give Cabinet members the right to hold membership in a political party," said the MP. He said the United Russia faction had not discussed specific candidates for Cabinet posts, as it is up to the president to nominate the candidature of prime minister and appoint other ministers in the Cabinet.

    However, Mr Morozov did not rule out that candidates for Cabinet positions may be named during relative discussions between the president and Parliament.

    "We want to set a precedent, under which the president will consult the Duma's majority party while forming the Cabinet," said the MP.

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