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    MOSCOW, March 3 (RIA Novosti) - Members of the United Russia party "are in demand" and will take key posts in the government, said the State Duma vice-speaker and a member of the United Russia parliamentary faction, Vyacheslav Volodin.

    He believes that the United Russia faction may put forward first vice-speaker Lyubov Sliska, vice-speakers Vladimir Pekhtin, Georgy Boos, Oleg Morozov and the head of the Duma committee on property management, Viktor Pleskachevsky to work in the government.

    Mr. Volodin also noted that in line with delegating its members to the government, United Russia faction would nominate its representatives for the posts of the deputies of the ministers and department heads.

    He said that the government must be formed according to the parliamentary majority principle, as it would make it possible to influence governmental decisions. (On December 7 Duma elections the United Russia got 37% of the votes, while the Communist party received only about 12 %.) Lyubov Sliska, in her turn, noted that during the meeting with the president as well as at the faction presidium sitting she turned down all proposals to take the post in the government.

    Mr. Volodin also said that if the first Duma vice-speaker, Alexander Zhukov, was to leave for the government his position should be taken by the United Russia representative as well.

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